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Religious leaders struggle against post-truth politics

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 11 2019   /  01:09 am

More than 20 leaders of different faiths expressed deep concern over the public’s ability to have constructive, positive debates about the coming presidential election amid post-truth politics in Indonesia during a discussion in Jakarta on Thursday.

Post-truth politics is not a new phenomenon, but observers say there has been greater strides toward it in the modern era.

In Indonesia, both presidential candidates contesting the 2019 race share a common interest in giving no room to hoaxes, they said. But some politicians have used it to enhance their potential and gain leverage.

Recent hoaxes have ranged from the misinformation about seven containers of cast ballots from China for presidential candidate pair Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin that caused uproar on the internet, to the laughable political fiasco surrounding actress-cum-activist Ratna Sarumpaet in October, wh...