Media Stays Independent ahead of Pilkada 2018 and 2019 Election

By : Herry Barus And Aldo Bella Putra | Saturday, January 20 2018 - 19:00 IWST

Ketua Dewan Pers, Yosep Adi Prasetyo (Foto: ist)
Ketua Dewan Pers, Yosep Adi Prasetyo (Foto: ist)

INDUSTRY.co.id - Jakarta - Chairman of the Indonesian Press Council Yosep Adi Prasetyo reminded the media to remain independent ahead of the 2018 elections and 2019 Presidential Election.

"We ask the media to keep the newsroom maintained independently, because the media's role is actually a supervisor in the 2018 election process and the 2019 election," Yosep said at the Press Council Building, Jakarta, Friday (19/1/2018).

He also stressed to media leaders not to include political and conflicting interests in news and news coverage or coverage in this political year.

"We know a lot of media leaders have parties, and then also become part of people who carry certain couples from the party," said Yosep.

He invited the owners of practical political media, but the independence of the editorial space must be maintained.

"Please if for example the owners of politics, but 'newsroom' maintained its independence," he said.

Based on the experience of the 2014 election and several elections, it always gets complaints related to a candidate who is harmed by media coverage, as it supports other candidates.

In this regard, the Press Council has issued a circular affirming the role of the media as election and electoral supervisors.

"So hopefully there will be no more complaints from candidate pairs," Yosep said.

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