Indonesian Press Council urged to identify ‘real media’

Wina Armada (Honorary Council Secretary of PWI), Agus Sudibyo (Chief Of JAWARAH, The Work Of Indonesian Cyber Media), Jaya Suprana (The Union Of Indonesian Cyber Media), and Eko Sulistyo ( Deputy IV President) are talks about Fighting Hoax News Empowering Cyber-Based Media at Murai Room, Jakarta Convention Center on Monday 1st May 2017. (Ben Lazar / Voice of Millennials)

Jakarta — Amid the confusion caused by information overload on social media, a journalist association tells Indonesian Press Council to identify the real media.

Wina Armada, member of Independent Journalist Association (AJI) told our reporter Chiara Anindya about the importance of differentiating between the real media and the fake ones at the sideline of World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) workshop in Jakarta on Monday.

What are the impacts?

The inability to differ between “the media” and “the opinionated public” complicates the information verification process, especially on the internet.

Without a definite list, citizens have no reference to distinguish which are legitimate online media portals, and which are not. Opinionated citizens may express their opinions on websites. Some of the aforementioned sites are often mistaken as legitimate news portals.

As a result, the press is often blamed for the deeds of opinionated citizens.

“It’s important for citizens to distinguish between legitimate media outlets and its non-media counterparts,” Wina said.

Why is it important?

One of the impacts of technological advancements is an open access to various tools to produce and distribute information.

Citizens can now be actively involved as reporters to create media content; however they are substantially different from the press in terms of responsibility and capability.

In most cases, opinionated citizens are not a part media companies.

The press is obliged to produce news reports based on journalism principles. Oppression against its activities is considered a violation against press freedom. In Indonesia, press freedom is regulated by the Press law.

Meanwhile, opinionated citizens are not obliged to the same conditions. In Indonesia, their freedom of expression is regulated by the Information and Electronic Transactions law.

Furthermore, the two parties do not share the same responsibilities in creating good journalistic content.

At the moment, there aren’t any available references to differ between the two.


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