The Indonesian anti-terror agency (BNPT) shut 22 internet sites down with radical-Islam material because they taught a false Islam. The Minister of Communication and Information of Indonesia coordinated the operation. Ismail Cawidu, spokesperson of the minister, confirmed it and said the operations began after BNPT requested it. BNPT was worried because of the possible violent repercussions that these sites may have; and to show some respect to a secularized religion.
This was just the first governmental action against the online radical Islamism. Indonesia has been experiencing an increase in radical material praising the jihad on internet. The former president Yudhovono (2005-2014) did not pay much attention to this phenomenon and the former minister for communications, Tifatul Sembiring, ignored the request pf the population that was worried about this dangerous propaganda. Tifatul Sembiring always paid more attention to the battle against pornography.
The new government in Indonesia, especially during these last few weeks, increased the measures to fight this situation. Police officers led some raids and many militants of the Islamic State were arrested. For example on March 27, East Java police arrested 3 militants going away from Syria because they were disappointed with the Caliphate. These operations aim to religious respect and to protection of believers that are often discriminated by the radical violence.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa