UNAIR NEWS – Aboeprijadi Santoso or familiarly known as Bung Tossi, a dedicated senior journalist who voices human rights issues in his journalistic work. He is also the book author of “Traces of Blood: Tragedy and Treachery in East Timor” as an endeavor for its partisanship to Human Rights.
This time, Bang Tossi attended and became a guest speaker in a discussion initiated by Human Right Law Studies (HRLS), Faculty of Law, Universitas Airlangga and AJI Surabaya under the title of Journalism and Defense. The discussion was aimed to understand and learn about advocacy journalism and its relevance in the context of Indonesia today. The discussion was expected to answer questions “Is there any future of Advocacy Journalism in Indonesia?”.
There was Moch Syahri, Doctoral student of Communication Studies Faculty of Social and Political Sciences UNAIR and Bung Miftah Faridl, Chairman of the Alliance of Indonesian Journalists (AJI) Surabaya in the discussion. The discussion led by Dr. Herlambang Pertana Wiratraman was attended by 15 people from students and general public on April 16.
In his presentation, Faridl said that journalists are autonomous and human rights are value-free. If they are paired, both are very relevant. In history, the press was identical with advocacy because the press was born out of a defense. In an era like today, journalists have a wider scope, the advanced technology has encouraged anyone to write news or commonly known as citizen journalism. In addition, he added, journalist’s perspective is not about normative.
“There should be a collaboration, currently, one media multiplies. They usually use printed, internet, and television as the medium. Political polarization, the media has entered in politics. In this regard, human rights are not value-free, “said Faridl.
At the moment, to answer whether the present press can defend. He said that it is very difficult in the current context of press industry today.
“But we must still be optimistic. Journalists should be able to re-discover their original identity, “he concluded.
Author: Pradita Desyanti
Editor: Nuri Hermawan