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Jakarta Post

Editorial: The press and society

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 9 2011   /  09:51 am

There are many ceremonial days in our calendar, most of which are significant only for those who would attend or are otherwise involved in the usually overlooked occasion itself. Today’s National Press Day is, perhaps, one of those occasions. Most journalists can’t recollect the meaning of Feb. 9, and even fewer Indonesians know that we have been commemorating National Press Day for over a quarter of a century.  The trials and successes of this nation mirror that of the development of professional journalism here. As young Indonesians bonded and solidified their diverse views of nationhood at the turn of the century, so the media did the same. In the pre-independence era, pioneers of journalism were interchangeable with celebrated names forging a national identity — names like Tirto Adhi Soerjo, Ki Hadjar Dewantara and Haji Agus Salim.  In this progressive age of reformas...