BANDUNG-The press as a mainstream media plays a good and responsible role so the election will run well where the press must make a major contribution to quality elections.
This was stated by the Chairman of the Regional People's Representative Council (DPRD) of West Java Province, Ineu Purwadewi Sundari.
According to Ineu, carrying out safe and democratic elections is the obligation of all elements of society and this is not only the duty of election organizers and security forces but also the obligation of all components of society including the ranks of the press.
"In the 2019 Election the community not only chose candidates for DPR, DPD, Provincial DPRD and City / Regency DPRD but also 1 ballot to determine the president and vice president, where news about candidates increased. (Here) the need for the role of the press as one of the informers that is independent and can be trusted by the community, "he said.
Ineu said, in Law No. 40 of 1999 concerning the Press, it was stated that the press has the function of informing, educating, entertaining and social supervision that must be used as a media grip in facing the 2019 Election.
"The independence of the media must be able to guard against the influence and practical political biases so that the media has a broad influence on society, the press must use its functions well so that the interests of individuals and groups can be released by prioritizing common interests," he explained.
Ineu stated that in the implementation of the 2019 Election, the function of the press was very much needed in assisting the implementation of tasks, starting from the dissemination of the election process and provisions, the performance of participants in the General Election and the rights and obligations of voters.
"The press has an active role in exercising control, political education, helping the public to provide true and balanced information so that the public can make their political choices," Ineu said to reporters at the opening of the discussion with the theme "The Active Role of Media in Realizing 2019 Elections Sovereign, Honest and Honest Fair ", which was held by the West Java DPRD, Monday (26/11). (Parno)