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Media critical in countering radicalism

  • Haeril Halim

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 22 2016   /  08:00 am

The media perspective is pivotal in the global fight against terrorism and extremism amid the widespread promotion by militant groups of their violent acts and ideologies on social media, says a leading media analyst.

Although the effort to curb terrorism and radicalism is collective work involving various stakeholders, the media must have its own independent agenda, and be aware about the danger of violence being sugar-coated as acts designed to defend religion.

Media reports on terror attacks by the militant Islamic State (IS), also known as ISIS group, around the globe have had a role in inspiring more actions perpetrated by its supporters in other parts of the world. Thus, providing context when covering terrorism is an important aspect that media should consider.

Media outlets should have on their agenda measurable aspects that can be used as a standard in dec...