Jan Jambon wishes to hire 20 additional agents to track down IS online
Monday, 23 May 2016
The Minister for the Interior, Jan Jambon, wishes to hire 20 additional agents within the new police unit responsible for fighting Islamic online propaganda and censoring jihadist content. So report the publications in the Sudpresse group and Het Nieuwsblad today (Monday).
More than 46,000 Twitter accounts are used by Islamic State supporters. This produces some 90,000 messages on social networks on a daily basis. In January, to fight against this online Islamic propaganda in Belgium, the federal police launched a new police unit, commonly known as the Internet Referral Unit (IRU).
This cell is currently made up of ten agents. However “internal recruitments are in progress with a view to going from the ten agents currently in post, up to about thirty.” So Jan Jambon’s office explains.
However, some deputies are worried about the legality of this type of online patrol unit. They consider that anonymous checks, using pseudonyms, may be quickly considered as “undercover” activities, thereby necessitating the intervention of an investigating judge. To these doubters the Minister replies, “Internet patrols are entirely in line with the current legislation.”