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Jakarta Post

Editorial: The Antasari soap opera

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, May 13 2009   /  09:47 am

The killing of Nasruddin Zulkarnaen is unfolding like a soap opera. The media tends to “blow up” the story because audiences are very interested in knowing anything – regardless whether or not it’s relevant or accurate – about the murder. This is partly because they are fed up with reports over the behavior of our power-hungry politicians, who are busy trying to form coalitions. The case has attracted a great deal of public attention because the National Police (Polri) have officially linked Antasari Azhar, the now inactive chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), to the killing. Will our law enforcers be able or willing to reveal the whole truth behind Nasruddin’s murder and imprison all people responsible for the murder? Or will they settle for a scapegoat? What is worrying however is that many parties, including the media, often tend to ignore...