As of Sept. 9, 2011, media baron Hary Tanoesudibjo, the owner of MNC Group, has officially chaired the board of experts at the newly established Nasdem Party. His formal ties with a party must be seen as part of a new trend in this country’s contemporary politics in which the media owners articulate their political views.
Hary followed in the footstep of Viva Group media owner Aburizal Bakrie, the chairman of the Golkar Party, and Metro TV news channel owner Surya Paloh, the founder of National Democrat mass organization, which later gave birth to the Nasdem Party.
What’s wrong with media owners’ move to take part in politics here in Indonesia? From the political right point of view, it is permissible for them to be deeply involved in political parties, but such moves will spark controversy and hurt our young democracy.
While the rise of media owners in Indone...