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November 2. Civil Society, Democracy and Media in Indonesia

This webinar will focus on the impact of civil society in Indonesia’s transition to democratic order after the Soeharto military regime. Soeharto, the second president of Indonesia, ruled Indonesia as an authoritarian regime from 1967 until he resigned in 1998 due to a collapse in support for his presidency following myriad economic and political crises. Since the end of Soeharto’s presidency, Indonesia has been transitioning toward democracy. Civil society organizations have entered Indonesia and helped lead this transition toward democratization. Indonesia’s civil society proves that democracy is compatible with Indonesia.

This webinar will also focus on the role of the mainstream media during the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia, including the role of social media, hoaxes, and information flows.

The speakers will address:
  • The role of civil society in Indonesia, such as Muhammadiyah and Nahdatul Ulama, which are supporting the idea of democracy in Indonesia
  • The keys factors for supporting democratic order in Indonesia
  • The practice of pass media reporting and citizen reactions on social media during the pandemic in Indonesia
  • The “Infodemic” during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been an overwhelming force of both accurate information and hoaxes on social media and even on mainstream media in Indonesia

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  • Dr. Ahmad Sahide, S.IP., M.A. | Lecturer at Master of International Relations, University Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta. The speech: "Civil Society and Democracy in Indonesia after the New order of Soeharto Era.
  • Ms.Widiya Yutanti | Lecturer in the Department of Communication Science, University of Muhammadiyah Malang. The speech: "Media and Pandemic in Indonesia".

  • Nikos Panagiotou, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Media Communication, Aristotle University, Digital Communication Network Global, Greece.
  • Mustafa Selçuk,  Ph.D. candidate at Aristotle University, Visiting Research Fellow at Hebrew University.

This event is co-organized by Digital Communication Network SouthEast Europe Hub (DCN SEE) and World Learning and is part of DCNSEE’s Ideas in Action – Digital Engagement, a series of virtual events launched in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. DCNSEE is supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Citizen Exchanges.

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