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Jakarta Post

Media moguls ‘no guarantee of success’ for Jokowi camp

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 12 2018   /  12:21 am

As the presidential election campaign period nears, media tycoons have flocked to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s camp, raising concerns that slanted media coverage could give the incumbent an unfair advantage in his bid for reelection.

Media analysts and observers, however, have said while support from television and press outlets was a plus for Jokowi’s campaign, it was far from a guarantee of victory, as alternative media sources were more available than ever.

“Competition on both traditional and social media will prevent either camp from dominating,” media observer Agus Sudibyo told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. “The different forces will offset each other.”

On the surface, the President appears to have the upper hand. The Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin campaign team boasts at least three major media owners:  team chairman Erick Thohir is the presiden...