Quo Vadis, Pragmatism and Idealism: Investing Pers Pancasila

Author : Humas | Tuesday, June 09, 2015 15:32 WIB

Department of Civic and Law Study (PPKn) University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) held guest lecturing themed “Indonesian Journalistic: Quo Vadis, Pragmatism and Idealism”, Tuesday (9/6). The event participated by roughly 60 civic students in Senate Courtroom (RSS) invited Director of Jawa Pos Radar Malang, Kurniawan Muhammad.

            According to Kurniawan, reporter and teacher share a similarity. “First, both professions are appreciable and primarily carry noble allegiance, educating the nation,” said him.

            Recalling Indonesia history, he added, there was Press Pancasila. “Actually, not only did Pers Pancasila adopt several principles of responsible press theory, it also added important values of National Constitution, Pancasila. Indonesia was the only nation possessing Pers Pancasila,” he informed.  

            However, Pers Pancasila formed in 1980s did not run as how it was expected. “Government at that time was very repressive.”

            Nevertheless, the concept of Pers Pancasila was indeed very brilliant since it could yield Pancasilaist journalists. “In this current reformation era, many presses are no longer idealist, pragmatist instead. They tend to not be ready to report many phenomena in society, informing recklessly, superficial, inaccurate, and profit-based,” explained Kurniawan.   

            The society, especially students, should be able to assess whether present presses are apt to pragmatism or idealism. “They (society, red) are the only evaluators for correcting Indonesian presses,” he ended.

            This event was also attended by Vice Dean III of Faculty of Teacher Training and Education (FKIP) UMM, Dr. Hari Sunaryo, M.Si as welcoming speaker. In his speech, he stated that the event aims to introduce journalism towards students. “Journalistic means reporting. I hope students could manifest journalism principles in their daily life,” he told. (zul/han/t_stu)

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