VP says mass media should serve as information bridge for public

VP says mass media should serve as information bridge for public

Vice President Ma'ruf Amin (second right), accompanied by national television TVRI President Director Imam Brotoseno (second left), Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) Director Philomena Gnanapragasam (left), and Bali Governor I Wayan Koster (right), speaks after opening the 18th Asia Media Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Tuesday (May 23, 2023). (ANTARA/Desca Lidya Natalia/nbl)

Bali (ANTARA) - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin has called on the mass media to play its role as the bridge of communication and information in educating the public amid the constant influx of information.

"The successive and constant flow of information poses a challenge to the media to be consistent in providing valid information, which can be a strength in building the civilization," Amin stated on Tuesday.

The vice president's remarks were made at the 18th Asia Media Summit (AMS) 2023, which is taking place in Nusa Dua, Bali on May 22-25, 2023, with the theme of "Media Enhancing Economic Sustainability."

"Various studies have shown a strong correlation between media development and indicators of economic development, particularly in improving public literacy," he noted.

Amin said the government cannot implement its development and policies without interaction with the people, which is facilitated by the mass media.

The vice president also called on the media to strengthen its role in enhancing democracy, boosting inclusive economic recovery, and increasing public understanding of the sustainable development goals pursued by the government.

Amin said that although the power of the media combined with technological advancements can be a new driving force to accelerate economic development, it can also potentially widen the gap between individuals.

"Therefore, I believe media networks from various countries at the 18th Asia Media Summit have their own unique experiences that can be shared and develop into beneficial collaborations in the efforts to recover the economy sustainably and equitably," he stated.

He expressed optimism that the AMS would provide inputs for broadcasters in Indonesia regarding the coverage of the upcoming 2024 general elections.

"This summit, in relation to the elections, educates the people not to be provoked by matters that can divide the nation, particularly by composing accurate news and busting hoaxes," the vice president remarked.

Amin also expressed hope that the mainstream media would clarify incorrect information and hoaxes circulating in society and serve as a bridge to promote peace at national, regional, and global levels.

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