Front Pembela Islam is angry with SCTV for planning to air controversial "?" film

Posted by David Khoirul

FPI duduki studio SCTV tayang film ? Malam takbirOn takbir night, as you can see it on your TV commercial breaks, Indonesian TV channel SCTV will air controversial film "?" which -- according to certain groups -- may disvalue Islam. Front Pembela Islam or the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), an extremist group based in Jakarta, is raged with anger and says that they will besiege the SCTV studio on Saturday.

Habib Salim Alatas, the Jakarta Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader, claimed approximately 1,500 of its members were going to gather outside the SCTV premises and demand it cancel all plans to air the film.

“We do not understand why SCTV is willing to air "?", while the Indonesian Council of Ulema (MUI) has clearly said the movie damages Islamic values and morale,” he said.

The film "?" , by Hanung Bramantyo , is a study of the role and state of Islam in modern Indonesian society.

However, Hanung's bold portrayal of the religion has caused many critics and hard-line followers of the faith to call it blasphemous.

MUI issued a religious edict in April forbidding Muslims from watching the movie, saying “?” implied it was alright to abandon Islam since it showed the alternative paths to God.


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