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Jakarta Post

TV to answer to KPI on Merapi news

  • Dina Indrasafitri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 8 2010   /  09:25 am

The Indonesian Broadcast Commission (KPI) media monitoring authority is slated to meet with TV news directors Monday following complaints about “inaccurate” and “insensitive” news coverage of the Mount Merapi eruptions.

A group of volunteers dealing with Merapi’s displaced people sent a formal letter to the KPI, saying that some TV programs had spread undue fear and panic.

“We’ve invited all television stations to discuss this matter,” KPI deputy chairperson Nina Mutmainah told The Jakarta Post Sunday.

Several TV broadcasts have created uneasiness among people living near Merapi. One of the latest TV programs, called Silet, broadcast by TV station RCTI, sparked outrage Sunday after the presenter featured a paranormal saying the volcano would erupt on either Sunday or Monday, and the impact would reach as far as a 65 kilometer radius, well beyond the c...