"It is time for us to convey the true news about Indonesia to the world. It is time for us to be seen by the world," Thohir noted in a statement here on Wednesday.
The minister lauded the state-owned company Telkom’s support for launching SEA Today on Wednesday to coincide with the commemoration of Youth Pledge Day.
Thohir expressed regret that positive information about Indonesia was yet not conveyed overseas owing to which international perception of the country was not positive.
"It is time for us to rise up akin to the youth that rose to unite Indonesia on October 28, 1928," he pointed out.
Coinciding with the commemoration of Youth Pledge Day, Minister Thohir and Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Wishnutama Kusubandio held a soft launch and bore witness to the premiere of the English language news channel, Southeast Asia Today or SEA Today here on Wednesday.
Attendees at the event also comprised Deputy Minister of BUMN II Kartika Wirjoatmodjo, President Commissioner of Telkom Rhenald Kasali, and President Director of PT Telkom Indonesia (Persero) Tbk (Telkom) Ririek Adriansyah along with his staff.
"SEA Today is part of the Telkom Group's efforts through its subsidiary, MD Media, in expanding its business, especially digital content providers," President Director of Telkom, Ririek Adriansyah, stated.
Adriansyah expressed optimism that SEA Today would become a channel that brings name and recognition to Indonesia on the global stage by providing fast, precise, and accurate news. Related news: Jokowi inaugurates TVRI's West Papua station
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