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Valentine: Debat Kusir Moral dan Kasih Sayang*

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Frequency: For Public or Politicians?

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Wiranto and Harry Tanoe are not actors. But on February 1, they played on a popular soap opera “Tukang Bubur Naik Haji” (Porridge Seller Go Hajj) on RCTI. Since they are presidential candidates from Hanura (People’s Conscience Party), this was not their acting career, but political campaign. They refused it by saying it was not a campaign.
Indonesia will hold the legislative election on April 9, and presidential election on July 9, but various political messages on TV has been getting more often since last year. From regular advertising to quizes, talent show and even soap opera. Since presidential candidates from 3 parties are also television owners, this condition seems easy to understand. Facing election, independence of several media in Indonesia may makes us worry.
Grab your remote and watch Global TV, RCTI, or MNC TV, you will find Wiranto and Harry Tanoe (candidates from Hanura) almost everywhere. Switch the channel to Metro TV, you will see Surya Paloh (candidate from Nasdem …

#4 Independen: Publik dan Ideologi Politik, di Antaranya

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“Independensi semangat dan pikiran inilah, dan bukannya netralitas, yang harus diperhatikan sungguh-sungguh oleh wartawan.” Saya baca kalimat itu berulang kali karena bingung. Yang saya pahami selama ini adalah jurnalisme tidak pernah memihak, sebagaimana Koran Jakarta menggunakannya sebagai jargon. Namun Bill Kovach benar-benar menulis demikian. Dia punya pandangan lain soal netralitas media ini.
Bila jurnalisme harus netral, tulisnya, rubrik kolom dan opini batal jadi produk jurnalistik. Bagaimana dengan redaktur senior the Jakarta Post Sabam Siagian yang gemar menulis kolom yang pasti beropini? Haruskah dia dicoret dari daftar wartawan? Tidak. Wartawan boleh percaya pada satu gagasan. Bila ruang opini ini hilang, justru fungsi jurnalisme untuk kontrol sosial pun lenyap.
Media tidak bisa netral sepenuhnya dari gagasan politik. Wartawan Hidayatullah.com boleh percaya sistem Islam formalistik adalah yang terbaik. Begitu pun wartawan KBR68H boleh percaya pada prinsip HAM, demokrasi d…