Report – By Agus Sudibyo in Jakarta
Until now the media, especially television, has been regarded as being extremely influential in boosting the electability of presidential candidates or political parties, and anxiety has been raised over the role television channel owners who intensively campaign through their media outlets.
Indeed these political campaigns, disguised as news and other forms of current affairs, by election contestants who are media owners, were seen as abrogating public space for private interests and not conducive to efforts to improve the role of the press as an open space for public discourse in a democracy.
However we should not overestimate media influence. The quick-count results of the April 9 legislative elections have clearly disproven the argument that media owners contesting the elections are guaranteed public support. Read more »