VP hopes "Christchurch Call to Action" able to oppose extremism

VP hopes "Christchurch Call to Action" able to oppose extremism

Vice President Jusuf Kalla (second right) while attending the Paris Summit: Online Extremism themed "Christchurch Call to Action" at the Elysee Palace, Paris, France with several heads of state and head of government on Wednesday (05/15/2019).

Jenewa, Swiss (ANTARA) - Vice President M Jusuf Kalla hopes the Paris Summit: Online Extremism under the theme "Christchurch Call to Action" is able to fight extremism using the internet.

"Indonesia hopes that 'Christchurch Call to Action' can facilitate community resilience movements, build capacity and encourage private partnerships in fighting violent extremism," the vice president said in remarks at a meeting held at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France on Wednesday.

According to the vice president, no country is immune from acts of terrorism and extremist violence.

Jusuf Kalla explained that Indonesia also continues to be committed to eradicating terrorism as a threat to world security and peace.

He assessed that terrorists get a wrong understanding of the value of life and religion.

The internet as an easily accessible means is a favorite choice of terrorists in spreading their false teachings.

"Radical and extreme teachings can flow freely with just one click," Kalla said.

Therefore, good internet governance is needed to avoid misuse of the internet.

After the shooting of worshipers at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand which was broadcast live through Facebook, the use and regulation of social media must be tightened.

"Social media companies must contribute by issuing codes of conduct, regulation of promotion, independent cyber supervision, and creating technology software such as artificial intelligence and machine learning to target content on the internet related to terrorism," said the vice president.

This can help the government prevent terrorism-related content and manage a balanced approach that upholds human rights including the right to freedom of opinion and speech.

The Paris Summit: Online Extremism was jointly organized by French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The meeting was also attended by a number of heads of state or heads of government including British Prime Minister Theresa May, Senegalese President Macky Sall, and Jordanian King Abdullah II.