SCTV Widely Criticized for Giving In to FPI
Harsh criticisms, including from moderate Muslims, of both the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) and SCTV’s decision to cancel broadcasting the controversial film “?” were not in short supply on Monday.
Members of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama, which initially had issues with the film, were among those highly critical of the decision to cancel the broadcast scheduled for tonight.
“Indonesia is a law-abiding country. The authorities should have given security protection to SCTV,” said Nusron Wahid, the chairman of NU’s Ansor Youth Movement, according to a statement sent to the Jakarta Globe by Andreas Harsono of the Human Rights Watch.
Andreas was present at the meeting on Saturday afternoon between SCTV and FPI representatives during which the decision to cancel the film screening was made. The meeting was held after about a hundred FPI members rallied in front of the SCTV building in Senayan.