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KPK launches anti-corruption television channel

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 18, 2014   /  09:51 am

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) launched on Sunday its own television channel, KPK TV, which will serve to educate the public about preventing corruption.

For the time being, the channel is available for streaming at kpk.go.id/kanalkpk.

KPK deputy chairman Bambang Widjojanto said during the launch of the television channel that the anti-graft body had decided to build its own channel after learning that the mainstream media had lost interest in broadcasting news about graft prevention.

'€œThe mainstream media focuses too much on corruption eradication. There are not many media outlets which have interests in producing news that could help us inculcate anti-corruption culture. We expect the channel to complement the current mainstream media, so that we can work together,'€ said Bambang as quoted by Antara news agency.

Bambang added that another reason to launch the channel was the fact that people in the country preferred watching news reports on television to reading newspapers.

He also said that material broadcast from the channel would be mostly '€œlight'€, in spite of the weighty topic.

'€œCorruption will be discussed with humor. We will laugh in the KPK'€™s style,'€ he said.

He added that the commission was currently preparing the bulk of the content that would be broadcast by the channel, ranging from news, features, music, comedy, talk shows, movies and programs for children, such as animation and bedtime stories.

Bambang said that the KPK had accumulated lots of much materials throughout its 10 years of existence and was ready to work as a content provider for community televisions and private televisions.

The KPK already runs a radio station, which the commission launched on Independence Day 2013.

The anti-graft body has also tried other means of engaging the public, including by maintaining an active social media presence.

Currently, the KPK'€™s Twitter account, KPK_RI, is followed by more than 972,000 users and its Facebook page has received 611,000 likes.

Bambang said that the commission picked Independence Day as the day to launch the channel with the hope that it could give new meaning to independence.

'€œHumans can only truly be independent if they are free from corruption and this is consistent with what has been enshrined in the 1945 Constitution,'€ he said. (ask)

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