BNPT collaborates with Youtubers to prevent radicalism

BNPT collaborates with Youtubers to prevent radicalism

BNPT Prevention Director Brigadier General Hamli (left) at the opening of the Terrorism Prevention Meeting with Content Creator in Yogyakarta on Tuesday (4/9/2018). As many as 42 content creators participated in the meeting. (AntaraNews/Special)

Jakarta, (ANTARA News) - The National Counter Terrorism Agency (BNPT) is collaborating with Youtubers on prevention and counter-radicalization of the spread of radical terrorism on social media.

"We hope the creativity of the Youtubers can invite and fortify the community, especially young people, from the spread of radicalism and terrorism on social media," BNPT Prevention Director Brigadier General Hamli in a press release on Tuesday.

He made the statement when opening the Terrorism Prevention Meeting with Content Creator in Yogyakarta, Tuesday, which was attended by 42 creators of creative content on the Youtube channel.

For four days from September 4 to 7, they will collaborate with the social media team of the Peace Media Center (PMD) of BNPT to equate perceptions in discussion forums and share the creation of creative video content that supports efforts to prevent radicalism and terrorism.

"These younger brothers are expected to prevent terrorism through narration and video content and so on," said Hamli.

According to him, the potential threat of radicalism in Indonesia is very large because the country consists of various religions, tribes, races, and others.

"The potential must continue to be reduced, and one of them is by distributing positive content on social media," he said.

Citing the results of the Wahid Foundation survey on the potential for radicalism, Hamli said 72 percent of Indonesians reject radicalism, 7.7 percent were willing to carry out radicalism, and 0.4 percent had carried out acts of radicalism and terrorism.

The involvement of these content makers is expected to reduce the results of the research. Moreover, before that the BNPT had also formed the World Peace Ambassador.

"Let us continue to multiply this 72 percent, and at the same time we influence 7.7 percent to be included in the 72 percent group. Remember that 7.7 percent is a lot, about 11 million people out of Indonesia`s total population of 250 million," Hamli said.

Reporting by Sigit Pinardi
Editing by Othniel Tamindael

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