BANDUNG CITY - Being part of the five elements of development or pentahelix (bureaucracy, community, academics, entrepreneurs, and media), the media has an important role in the development process. Especially nowadays, West Java implements 3.0 Bureaucracy, in which all elements of society can be involved in development programs.
According to the Deputy Governor of West Java Uu Ruzhanul Ulum, the media and journalists became a means of communication between the government and the community.
"Journalists are an important element for us (West Java Provincial Government)," he said at the Idul Fitri 1440 Hajj Silaturahim together with the West Java Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI) at Gor PWI, Jl. Journalist II, Bandung City, Tuesday (06/25/2019).
"With the media and journalists, we are indirectly able to communicate with the community. With the media, government programs are unconsciously written by journalists and read by the public. "
"Also not only the policy decided by us, but the hopes and desires of the people arrived at us indirectly through the media," he continued.
In addition, Uu said that the media is not only as a disseminator of information, but also a means of evaluating the government. Because many things related to the development program that have been carried out by the government, get input from the media.
The West Java Provincial Government itself, said Uu, was aware of the challenges of circulating information in the community. Especially related to the rise of hoaxes or hoaxes, most of which spread through social media (social media).
"We realize that not only will there be sanctions on the part of the law apparatus (for disseminating hoaxes), but also the sin that will be borne. Because lying is forbidden, don't be misled misleading, "he said.
Therefore, Uu hopes that the media can be a filter or filter for information circulating in the community. He also believes that the accuracy of the information conveyed by the media can be the basis of the correct information for the community.
"I hope this media crew is actually a filter. If it is written in the media, the truth is that we believe we can reach a percentage, even though there is a statement whose name is news that it can be true or false. But, if written by the mainstream media, we are sure of the truth. But if it is in social media, I cannot guarantee it, "he said.
"Do not first believe (information) in social media, read first in the right media, which is legal, there is no (news). "If the news is available, then the truth can be recognized," he continued.
The same thing was conveyed by the Chairman of the West Java PWI Hilman Hidayat. In his speech, Hilman said that mainstream media must be a place for people to clarify information.
"When hoaxes or hoaxes are so rampant on social media, places where people can confirm seeking truth must be in the mainstream media. For a place of clarification, "he said.
The era of digital technology is now beginning to erode the existence of mainstream media. According to Hilman, the era of digital technology has become a precarious period for journalists, besides being squeezed by technology and media platforms that have also begun to change. "The emergence of media platforms, social media began to shift traditional media," he said.
Under these conditions, said Hilman, journalists must remain straight through their profession in accordance with Press Law No. 40 of 1999 and the Journalistic Code of Ethics. That is, whatever media there are now if the content still refers to the Press Law and the Journalistic Code of Ethics, the role of the press media will not be marginalized by the times.
"But we PWI as a professional organization, remain straight forward in accordance with the rules of Press Law No. 40 of 1999 and directives from the Press Council, also referring to the Journalistic Code of Ethics. Even though, the platform is different and changes, but the content is still there, "he said.
The challenge of information media going forward will be even heavier. For this reason, Hilman added, the Press Council continued to encourage PWI in the regions to carry out the Journalist Competency Test (UKW).
"Journalists are encouraged to join the UKW, both those with reporter level and even the editorial leaders," he said.
"The Press Council also encouraged companies to join the press company verification program. Later the Press Council and the Ministry of Communication and Informatics have discussed the existence of the Task Force (Task Force) to investigate which media are often reported by the public, "he concluded.