Stop ‘promoting’ Islamic State militants, IGP tells media


PETALING JAYA: Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar has issued a stern warning to local media who “promote” the militant group Islamic State (IS) via their reporting, saying it could threaten national security.

He was quoted in New Straits Times Online as saying that giving the militant group space (or airtime) would make them popular.

“As a media practitioner, you are responsible to report something that is related to the safety and security of our beloved country,” Khalid was quoted telling reporters at a Hari Raya open house at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) in Jalan Semarak, KL, today.

“Don’t interview them (militants). Why would you interview them? You are damning (jahanam) us. I don’t care if you want to interview them but don’t publish it. Are you trying to show equality? By having both sides of interviews (police and militants)?

“Your actions can be seen as a threat to the people of Malaysia,” he said.

Khalid’s snipe was seen as targeting Chinese daily Oriental Daily and the New Straits Times, both of which had recently interviewed Syria-based Malaysian IS militant Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi.

Meanwhile, the Malay Mail Online quoted Khalid as assuring the public that the police are monitoring its own personnel.

This is following news that two policemen were among 15 IS-linked individuals arrested recently.

According to Khalid, such steps (monitoring) had been in place “from the beginning”, and he said whether or not they would be retained in the force would depend on the outcome of the investigations on the duo.