Southeast Asia

Organized Panel Session

4 - Foreign Media in Contemporary Indonesian Political Discourse

Friday, July 6
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Gulmohar, First Floor

There is a growing body of research on how the digital revolution has transformed how political information is reported, spread, and interpreted by Indonesian voters. One factor that remains under-examined is the significance of increased exposure of Indonesians to foreign perspectives on their country’s affairs. How, for instance, are foreign perspectives interpreted, intermediated, and received by Indonesian audiences, in a context of a reinvigoration of nationalist sentiment among the public? This paper will address these questions with reference to case studies of foreign reporting and commentary on the 2014 presidential elections and the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial elections. Analysis of Indonesian responses to foreign news reporting and commentary will illustrate how political polarisation affects the interpretation of such material across different domestic constituencies, and reflect on how the new information dynamics present practical and ethical challenges for scholars working not only on Indonesia but other countries and regions as well.

Liam Gammon

Australian National University, Australia

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