An Indonesian Muslim group filed a complaint yesterday against an English-language newspaper which it has accused of blasphemy for an editorial cartoon in its July 3 print edition. The Jakarta Post cartoon criticized the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has reportedly committed executions and other acts of violence in Iraq.
The cartoon’s phrase “La ilaha illallaah” (there is no God but God) was presented on a flag with a skull, which is typically identified with pirates.
“The caricature has an impression … as if Islam is a cruel religion, which likes to shed blood just like the pirates,” Edy Mulyadi of the Jakarta Preachers’ Corps told ucanews.com on Wednesday. “The caricature is published in the opinion column. Just like an editorial, it represents the editor’s official stance. The Jakarta Post arrogantly declares hostility and blasphemy against Islam, which is adhered to by the majority in Indonesia,” he said.