THE ROLE OF JOURNALISTS IN DEFINING PRESS FREEDOM IN INDONESIA

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Ahmad Riyadh Umar Balahmar

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For almost 20 years, reforms with strong press performance did not mean it could directly create harmony, it even created “new tensions” between press and the government. Indirectly, the superiority of the press has made the press as its own "angel of judge and rectifier" through various news and opinions published. Until the reform of the press has made the superiority of the press no longer an independent institution and only in favor of the truth of information which is a public right, but the press is made freedom as a new "political actor" in the maintenance of government political communications. The research was conducted with a qualitative approach, involving 20 informants consisting of media actors, government, academics, communication experts, and the general public. The results showed that there was a relationship between the media with the government and society to be built in harmony, then it should be strengthened provided that the press as a function of relationship (social responsibility), the press as a tool of development (development). In this case, the community as readers, viewers and recipients are also active in guarding the media.


 

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