Since reformation era, mass media has the rights to give an opinion and to speak it out to the public. But there are a lot of exaggerated statements made by mass media who criticize the government. Of course, it is dangerous. Mass media shouldn’t make exaggerated statements about government for the reasons listed.
Exaggerated statements will make Indonesia’s image deteriorated in the eyes of foreigners, and it will cause bad effects to our nation and state. For example, in 2011, one of TV media made a statement that Indonesia was on its way to the failed state. After heard that there were a lot of investors thought that Indonesia was messed up. They were being afraid to invest their money in Indonesia. However, we need that investment to increase our welfare of society.
Nowadays, mass media has been something which is very needed by the public. Mass media have some power to influence public’s opinion, and I think there are several of mass medias which have been out of limit. They tend to influence public to have the same opinion. They did dramatization and made exaggerated statements which can cause misunderstanding between public and government.
On the other hand, they are people who agree if mass media do the exaggerated statements. They have their own interest about this, for example: to increase the rating of that mass media and for politic’s purposes. In addition, the politic’s purposes can be such as: to promote their own politic’s party, to move the existing issues, to hit the government, and so on.
In conclusion, I don’t agree if mass media make exaggerated statements because it can cause bad effects, especially for the investor’s and public’s trust. The public should be able in assessing the truth. Media Massa has to obey Broadcast Laws and not only give the negative sides but also the positive sides of government.