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Jakarta Post

Print media can go but not journalism

  • Warief Djajanto Basorie


Jakarta   /   Sat, January 16 2021   /  01:00 am
Press freedom illustration(Shutterstock/File)

Koran Tempo published its last print edition on Dec. 31, 2020. The final front page of the tabloid, now a collector’s item, contains the image of a smart phone in actual size at the center of a blank white spread. The screen on the digital hand device displays firebrand Muslim cleric Rizieq Shihab, founder-head of the now-defunct and hard-line Islam Defenders Front (FPI). Above his white-turbaned head are the black, bold-typed letters F P I with a red-cross drawn over them. Under the image and next to a barcode is an advisory in small print. “IMPORTANT: Starting tomorrow, in-depth coverage of the Islam Defenders Front only at or in using the Tempo Media application.”  “We are terminating the print edition, the first print run of which was on April 2, 2001, to transform fully to a digital platform,” chief editor Budi Setyarso stated ...