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Ahead of 2019 Election, Indonesia, Media Battle Fake News

As the third largest democracy in the world with a young, mobile-first population and low levels of digital literacy, Indonesia is highly susceptible to the spread of fake news and hoaxes. Government and media-led initiatives have sought to combat fake news, however with much of the misinformation spread via social media and WhatsApp, many fear the problem will only get worse in the lead up to national elections in April 2019. “Indonesia’s media landscape is quite diverse and there is enormous press freedom in the country compared to others in the region,” says Ross Tapsell, a media lecturer at the Australian National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific. “However, it’s increasingly manipulated and influenced by media owners who are linked to political parties … push[ing] out a more partisan version of political news.” Low literacy, partisan media Revolusi Reza, who is commonly known as Revo, is the secretary general of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Indonesia. “Literacy among the public, the community, is very low,” he told VOA, noting that Indonesia was ranked 60 out of 61 countries included in a global study regarding literacy and literate behavior conducted by Central Connecticut State University in 2016. The 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer Global Report showed that Indonesians were second only to people in China in terms of their level of trust in the media. At the same time, almost 80 percent of Indonesians reported to be worried about fake news being used as weapon. “It seems as though [fake news] has divided the public. We see that it’s become increasingly urgent to provide literacy to the community about the real nature of this information,” Revo said. “Indonesia’s digital literacy programs have been cut from schools in favor of religion and nationalism studies, which is a concern for the country... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Ahead of 2019 Election, Indonesia, Media Battle Fake News, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Ahead of 2019 Election, Indonesia, Media Battle Fake News

 

 

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Published By: VOA NEWS - Thursday, 25 October, 2018

 

 

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