Backlight: Cyberjihad

Current Affairs & Politics current-affairs-politics-series Series
ISIS, social media, Youth
48:00
Hans Busstra
VPRO
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Jihadists are fighting a war on social media. The propaganda they spread is getting ever more professional. Which virtual weapons will ISIS deploy to radicalise young people in the West? Why do young Europeans fall for ‘the medieval reality show’ of ISIS?

Over the past fifteen years, jihadism has gained a lot of territory online without any hindrance. After 9/11,  Al-Qaeda started posting amateurish videos online. By now, ISIS has a professional media department called Al-Hayat.  Both the quantity and the quality of jihadist propaganda has increased. Beheadings are now shot in slow motion with multiple cameras.  Over the last couple of years, the movies have progressed from a random sequence of atrocities into Hollywood-style action movies that attempt to lure young people from all over the world into the romance of jihad: You too can become a heroic jihad warrior. From a zero in the West to a hero in Syria.

With: J.M. Berger (American terrorism expert and author of ‘ISIS: The State of Terror’), Mubin Shaikh (former jihadist and writer of ‘Undercover Jihadi’), Montasser Al-De’emeh (PhD religious studies and author of the book ‘De Jihadkaravaan’ – The Jihad Convoy) and Souad Mekhennet (investigative journalist of the Washington Post and author of ‘Die Kinder des Dschihad’ – The Children of the Jihad).