The Jakarta Post
Representatives of the Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) met with editors of The Jakarta Post on Friday to convey their concerns over the publication of a caricature of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
They said the Post had insulted Muslims as the caricature portraying the violence of the movement to establish a caliphate or Islamic state contained religious symbolism, while the content gave an impression that 'Islam is a vicious religion eager to spill blood.'
The Post had apologized for and retracted the internationally syndicated caricature on Monday on its website, followed by a similar announcement in the Tuesday print edition, saying that the Post's error in judgment ''¦was in no way meant to malign or be disrespectful of any religion.'
HTI's Ahmad Agus, reading the organization's statement, said the publication of the caricature confirmed the Post's 'hostility against Islam' or Islamphobia, 'a typical characteristic of secular media.'
Cleric Hazairin of HTI said they had yet to decide what legal measures to take against the Post, as 'the apology and retraction .. is not enough.'
The HTI also held a rally in front of the Post's office. Chief editor Meidyatama Suryodiningrat reiterated that the Post, whose editorial staff includes many Muslims, had no intention of offending Islam.
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