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The Press Council Firmly Rejects the Revision of the Broadcasting Law

progresifjaya.id, JAKARTA – The Press Council firmly rejects the revision of Broadcasting Law Number 32 of 2002. The basis for the rejection is because the mandate for resolving journalistic work disputes has been transferred to the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission.

“The resolution (of press disputes) will actually be carried out by institutions that actually do not have a mandate for ethical resolution of journalistic works,” said Press Council Chair, Ninik Rahayu in a press conference, Tuesday, (14/5).

He said, in Press Law Number 40 of 1999, it is clearly and unambiguously stated that press disputes are handled by the Press Council.

This is because the Press Council is an independent institution mandated to regulate and assess press disputes independently without interference from power politics.

“The mandate for the completion of journalistic work is in the Press Council and it is stated in the law. Therefore, this rejection is based on the need for harmonization when drafting laws and regulations so that one law does not overlap with another,” explained Ninik.

On the other hand, the Press Council’s firm rejection was also motivated by the existence of an article prohibiting the broadcast of investigative journalistic works.

Another thing is that the objection expressed is also related to the process of revising the Broadcasting Law which is considered to violate the rules because it does not involve members of the press and the public at large.

“This violates the decision of the Constitutional Court Number 91 PUU 18 of 2020 that the preparation of a regulation must be meaningful participation,” said Ninik.

For your information, exclusive broadcasting of investigative journalism is broadcast content and content that is prohibited in the latest draft of the Broadcasting Bill or the March 2024 version.

Apart from investigative journalism, 10 broadcast contents and content are also prohibited because they do not comply with the rules of the Broadcast Content Standards (SIS). This rule is contained in Article 50B paragraph (2).

Some of these include a prohibition on broadcasting content that contains mystical elements, supernatural healing, as well as negative engineering of information and entertainment through broadcasting institutions or digital platforms.

It is also prohibited to convey broadcast content that is subjective regarding political interests related to the owners and/or managers of broadcasting institutions and operators of digital broadcasting platforms. (Bembo)

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