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The UN Secretary-General recently drew attention to the challenge of the global ‘infodemic’, where ‘as COVID-19 spreads, a tsunami of misinformation’ is unleashed. This panel will discuss the challenge of information, journalism and the public sphere throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of Indonesia. It will discuss the challenges faced by working journalists, including reporting reliable information and data at a time of great confusion and obfuscation, as well as the difficulties faced by journalists and others given they can’t get to ‘the field’ to understand the situation more closely. At the same time, the advertising revenues for media companies is decreasing during COVID-19, in some companies making professional journalism financially unsustainable.
As ‘traditional journalism’ declines, many Indonesians now get their ‘news’ and information from WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram, meaning much misinformation, scapegoating and scare-mongering is being unleashed via digital platforms. Various sponsored digital operations are growing, with funds provided to influencers, ‘buzzers’ and public relations departments to seemingly put a positive ‘spin’ on the pandemic situation in the country. The panel will discuss how to improve Indonesia’s rapidly shifting ‘information society’. Can Indonesia’s professional journalism survive the pandemic? Where to now for Indonesia’s digital public sphere?.
Webinar link : http://bit.ly/IPMediaPublicSphere Webinar ID : 821 0893 0563 Passcode : 029070