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Regulating media moguls

Posted in Media on 21 March 2008 by hanafirais28

This week there was a fierce debate in Indonesia’s national parliament between Commission I and the Ministry of Department of Communication and Information Technology (DOCI) on regulating media ownership especially on television stations.

Harry Tanoesoedibjo’s MNC and Chairul Tanjung’s PARA groups were accused of having disobeyed the laws (Broadcast Law 32/2002 and Governmental decree 50/2005) by owning television stations which lead to media concentration.

MNC owns RCTI, TPI, and Global TV. PARA owns TRANS7 and TRANSTV. By the way, they should also have mentioned Bakrie group of owning ANTV and TVONE (formerly Lativi) – perhaps because the latter group is linked to Golkar therefore the parliament members did not want to offend their own mates by mentioning Bakrie.

Regarding this broadcast industry, I would think that DOCI could learn from end of last year’s decision by Bank Indonesia of “single presence policy” in banking business. It rules that one owner can only own one bank. It is to avoid monopoly hence lowering barrier to entry to new players.

It worked. Regarding this policy, Temasek Holding for example released its ownership of BII and indeed a new player, Maybank (Malaysia Bank) came in to buy the shares and ownership of BII. It just ran smooth.

Now DOCI’s turn to take its role. MNC, PARA, and Bakrie have been reaping big revenues from television commercials by broadcasting mostly cheap programmes (VHS programmes of “Violence, Horror, and Sex”). DOCI could endorse divestiture of the television station ownership e.g. TPI ownership should be divested so that MNC is not the sole owner.

Would DOCI do it? Would Yudhoyono take the risk of limiting media moguls power?

In fact, DOCI and Yudhoyono government still owe to their constitutional mandates that they have to actually implement “network television system” as requested by the Law. The system rules that each station firm has to divest their ownership with local business partners. It has been pended due toΒ  political calculation of the incumbent not to risk media support for 2009.

DOCI should just revoke the law regulating the system and then change it to another system which the US has been applying: owned-and-operated stations and affiliate stations as a network television system scheme of ownership.


How fast are you?

Posted in Media on 2 March 2008 by hanafirais28

Let’s Speedtest this!

I have got only 54 per minute πŸ™‚

Fasting. Fasting watching TV.

Posted in Media on 12 February 2008 by hanafirais28

Karl Marx once said that religion was an addiction, making people irrational. But if he still lived now, he would revise his above standing. He would say that television is an addiction, making people not only irrational but stupid and dumb.

All TV stations in Indonesia are basically just junk menus (sitcoms, “investigative” news, infotainment a.k.a gossip, mention it). The owners sell VHS (violence, horror, sex) shows to the audience. The advertisers buy and perhaps even block some showtimes: easy money for the TV owners and high exploitation by the advertisers. The undereducated and media-illiterate audience consume what is advertised, watch the TV shows wholeheartedly taking them as granted, as the truth, as given. Very sad indeed.

Once I discussed with a media and communication critic, a critical theory follower, from Gadjah Mada University when I was starting the very first time doing a PAE research. For that above problem, his solution was simple to do: Let’s do fasting, fasting of watching TVs. Consume more readings than watchings.

Book Reviews – Writing Them For Fun

Posted in Media on 29 January 2008 by hanafirais28

Please have a look at the reviews we did during our leisure time back home. They were written during vacations in our every semester’s break πŸ™‚ It’s fun.

The Evolution of LKYSPPeak

Posted in Media on 22 January 2008 by hanafirais28

Last year, our School’s e-newsletter managed to publish three issues.

But starting from now, we are challenging ourselves to be a monthly publication. Fingers crossed! πŸ™‚

Lee Kuan Yew School’s LKYSPPeak

Posted in Media on 28 December 2007 by hanafirais28

Please have a look at

for our last semester’s activities.

Enjoy the read!


Hanafi Rais