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Jakarta Post

Media distrust exacerbates proliferation of fake news

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Tue, June 25 2019   /  02:54 am
Ross Tapsell (Courtesy of Ubud Writers and Readers Festival/Wayan Martino)(Courtesy of Ubud Writers and Readers Festival/Wayan Martino)

The proliferation of fake news on the internet has become a global problem and often leads to chaos. Indonesia's 2019 presidential election, which ended in riots, was marred by fake news. The Jakarta Post's Sebastian Partogi talked to Ross Tapsell about culture-specific risk factors that exacerbate the circulation of fake news in the country.Tapsell is a senior lecturer and researcher for Australian National University’s (ANU) gender, media and culture department who writes plenty of research papers and academic books on media ownership in Indonesia. In April, he was denied entry to Indonesia by the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Immigration Directorate General on the request of the Research, Technology and Higher Education Ministry, which alleged he did not possess the ministry-required research permit. The following are excerpts of the interview:Question: You discus...