Rector: The Press Must Avoid Groups with Interest

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Rector of Universitas Airlangga Prof. Dr. M. Nasih, SE, MT, Ak., CMA., interviewed. (Photo: Nuri Hermawan)

UNAIR NEWS – The year of 2018 is the year of Politics. In addition to the regional elections simultaneously, 2018 is the year welcoming the 2019 presidential election. In history, a lot of figures emerge and become leaders thanks to the support of media through a massive coverage.

In the commemoration of the National Press Day today, February 9, Rector of Universitas Airlangga, Prof. Dr. M. Nasih, SE, MT, Ak., CMA. congratulate all the press and media crews. Interviewed on Thursday, February 8, it said that the press should be the spearhead for efforts to strengthen the unity of the nation.

Prof. Nasih also said that there tends to be a polarization of press to support certain groups. He hoped through the commemoration of the National Press Day, the press will be more transparent in publishing stories. The transparency means so the press can be a tool for upholding the democracy in Indonesia.

“The emergence of press support for certain groups or communities is a very crucial homework, especially with the massive social media boost, which tends to divide,” said Prof. Nasih. “We hope that the press or media that gets recognition from the public and government can be a unifier, not participating in efforts to dividing the society and nation, “he said.

By 2018, the strategic effort of the press towards transparency was being tested. Because in 2019, there will be Presidential election, the test will be even more severe. Therefore, there are interests of certain groups that often use the media as a tool to gather the masses.

In line with the Rector, the Head of UNAIR Information and Public Relations Center Dr. Suko Widodo, Drs., M.Si said the press should re-position itself as a medium or mediator in the midst of groups with interests. The press should be able to express the public interest and uphold the truth.

“If the press is dragged into the flow of political swirls, the loss is on all of us,” he said. (*)

Author: Binti Q. Masruroh

Editor: Nuri Hermawan

 

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