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TVRI coverage of Dems convention criticized

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Wed, September 18 2013 | 06:11 am

A TV watchdog has said that the decision by state-owned TV station TVRI to broadcast two hours of the Democratic Party's presidential convention on Sunday night breached the Broadcasting Law.

The watchdog referred to Law No. 32/2002 on broadcasting guidelines and broadcast program standards. Under the law, TVRI is designated as a public broadcaster, namely a legal entity established by the state that is expected to provide information to the public in a neutral, independent and non-commercial way.

Roy Thaniago, director of Remotivi, a community group that monitors Indonesian television, said that TVRI should maintain its independence and provide equal opportunities to all political parties.

'€œWe will gather the evidence of the violations in this case before proceeding further,'€ Roy said as quoted by tempo.co on Tuesday.

He said that TVRI had previously been criticized for airing events organized by the Golkar Party and Islamic organization Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia ( HTI ).

According to Roy, the coverage of the Democratic Party convention on Sunday was the longest political-themed program ever aired by TVRI. He said the public station had once broadcast national meetings by Golkar and the National Mandate Party ( PAN ), but added that '€œthe coverage of each of those two events were not as long as that of the Democratic Party's convention'€.

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