I do not want to argue about the considerations behind the premeditated murder conviction of Jessica Kumala Wongso on Thursday.
Neither do I question the need for the national media to broadcast the final hearing live, as they did every time the Central Jakarta District Court heard the case (see Ika Krismantari’s piece “Stop the drama, give fair trial a chance, please!” in The Jakarta Post on Sept. 7).
What matters is the important role media outlets played during the months-long court proceedings. Amid the debate among scholars, lawyers and society over whether the trial should be broadcast live or not, it is clear that the coverage has taught society many lessons, although many deem the time slots dedicated to the trial as so exaggerated that they reduced the case to a media circus.
First, the extensive media coverage really showed just how tough the endeavo...