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Chairman of the Press Council, Yosep Adi Prasetyo., Denpasar – Chairman of the Press Council Yosep Adi Prasetyo has reminded the mainstream media to not use social media as a reference because it might lead to the public believing in hoaxes and distrusting credible official institutions.

“Cases of (fake news) with regard to millions of workers from China and a (twisted) statement of Mr Wiranto on shutting down the media are proof that the media have used social media as a reference; in fact, the information is only based on talking news, and not precision,” he said here on Thursday (9/5/2019).

The public will believe incorrect information from social media if the media reports it, he said.

“In fact, the statement of President Jokowi was that ‘the Government will invite 10 million Chinese tourists’. But social media twisted it into ‘The Government will invite 10 million Chinese workers’, and unfortunately, this twisted news was quoted by the media without confirmation,” he said.

As a consequence, it took more than 2.5 months for the Government to clarify the news, he said.

A similar case occurred with regard to Wiranto’s statement on shutting down the media, he said. “The real information is ‘the Government will shut down fake accounts that insult officials’. But, it was twisted on social media into ‘the Government will shut down media that insult officials,’ so it turned into a controversy. In fact, the media is under the authority of the Press Council, while social media is under the Communication and Informatics Ministry,” he said.

In the post election period, the media must be careful and not refer to social media, because it could hurt the state order and put the nation and the country at a disadvantage, the Press Council chairman said.

He asked the media to be careful because, at present, the mainstream media is the only reference that can save the nation and the country.

“We can be optimistic because the media will side with the public,” Prasetyo, popularly known as Stanley, said. (edy)

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The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) leader, Megawati Soekarnoputri., Bali – The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) leader, Megawati Soekarnoputri, has ordered her cadres to respect the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party’s General Chairman, Prabowo Subianto, who would attend the opening ceremony of the PDIP’s congress.

When he attends the opening ceremony, which kicks off on Thursday, the party’s cadres should show respect and sympathy by applauding him, Chairman of the PDIP congress’ organizing committee, I Wayan Koster, said here on Wednesday evening.

Koster said the PDIP cadres were not allowed to disrespect any of the invited guests, including Prabowo Subianto, former contender of incumbent President, Joko Widodo, PDIP’s cadre, at the 2019 Presidential Elections.

On July 24, 2019, Prabowo Subianto had met Megawati Soekarnoputri at her Central Jakarta residence following his July 13 reconciliatory meeting with President-elect Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

Accompanied by Gerindra’s Deputy General Chairman, Edy Prabowo, and Secretary General, Ahmad Muzani, Prabowo was extended a warm welcome by Megawati’s son, Mohamad Prananda Prabowo, after arriving and getting out of his car at around 12:30 p.m. local time.

Subianto and Megawati, whose party is the main supporter of incumbent President and President-elect Jokowi, appeared happy during their meeting as was apparent in a photograph circulated by the PDIP to journalists.

Megawati enjoyed a round-table lunch along with her guests, her daughter Puan Maharani, her son Prananda Prabowo, and Cabinet Secretary, Pranomo Anung.

Megawati and Subianto have known each other for quite a long time. Moreover, they had contested as the presidential and vice presidential pair during the 2009 Presidential Elections. During that time, their popular slogan was “MegaPro” in their endeavor to challenge the Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono-Boediono pair.

Subianto’s meeting with Megawati took place six days after he met with Gerindra’s advisory council members on July 19 for talks on the future steps following his reconciliatory meeting with Jokowi on July 13.

The General Elections Commission (KPU) officially declared the Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin pair as Indonesia’s president-elect and vice president-elect following the Indonesian Constitutional Court’s (MK’s) ruling on the presidential election result dispute on June 27, 2019.

According to the KPU’s final tally, the Jokowi-Amin pair secured 85 million votes, or 55.5 percent of the national vote, as against the contenders Subianto-Sandi’s 68 million votes, or 44.5 percent. (ran)

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Saunders’ visit demonstrates Australia’s commitment to promote connections between the Australia-Indonesia literature and arts communities., Gianyar – Indigenous Australian children’s author, poet and emerging playwright Kirli Saunders visits Bali today. Bringing her passion to encourage children’s interest in reading, Ms Saunders runs story-telling event with teachers and students at SD 5 Mengwitani, Badung and with Bali Storytelling Community for Guwang Village children in Sukawati, Gianyar.

During her visit in Bali, Kirli Saunders also meets with children’s book authors at Indonesian Children Literary Foundation (YLAI) and poetry reading event with Indonesian poet Mr Warih Wisatsana, which include sharing discussion about her experiences in poetry learning programs.

A proud Gunai woman, Mr saunders is the founder of the Poetry in First Languages program at red Room Poetry in Sydney. The program promotes poetry in Australia’s Indigenous languages and has already delivered workshops to thousands of students and community members around Australia.

Australian Consul-General in Bali, Anthea Griffin said Ms Saunders’ visit demonstrates Australia’s commitment to promote connections between the Australia-Indonesia literature and arts communities.

“This program also celebrates the International Year of Indigenous Languages and raises awareness of the crucial role languages play in people’s daily lives,’ Ms Griffin said.

“Language diversity is something that Australia and Indonesia have in common. I am very pleased that Ms Saunders will share her expertise on language preservation with audiences in Bali.”

Ms Saunders’ visit is part of the Australian Embassy’s celebration of National Aborigines and Islanders Day of Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week, an annual event held each July to honour the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples.

2019 has been declared by the United Nations as the International Year of Indigenous Languages which recognizes the pivotal role language plays in the areas of human rights protection, good governance, peace building, reconciliation and sustainable development. (*)

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Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya., Jakarta – Ubud, located in Gianyar District of Bali, will be designated as a world gastronomic tourist destination, based upon the standards of the United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, at a press conference in Jakarta on Tuesday (11/6/2019) , said the process to certify Ubud as a gastronomic tourist destination would be an example for other regions in Indonesia.

“The establishment and assessment of Ubud as a gastronomic destination is the first in the world. And this is an example for other regions, such as Bandung and Yogya, Solo and Semarang,” he stated.

According to Yahya, there are three important stages in the process of certifying Ubud as a world gastronomic destination.

The first is to conduct an inventory of assets and gastronomic attractions, including mapping the readiness of the industry and business, which are then compiled in a report and submitted to UNWTO.

“This stage has been done, the process takes about 1.5 years,” Yahya said.

Second is the assessment by UNWTO starting from the verification and analysis process through a fairly detailed method, including 600 interviews with all gastronomic stakeholders, food and beverages, producers, hotels, restaurants, chefs, food festival initiators, the regional government, transportation providers, academics, as well as local and foreign tourists.

“The process will last eight days in Ubud and its surroundings, while surveys will be conducted online and offline for three weeks. At this stage, planning and recommendation strategies are also being carried out,” the minister said.

Third are recommendations that need to be implemented and carried out by stakeholders for the second assessment, which is scheduled for early August 2019.

The press conference was also attended by the Chairperson of the Ministry of Tourism and Shopping Culinary Acceleration Team, Vita Datau, UNWTO Project Specialist Aditya Amaranggana and UNWTO Lead Experts Roberta Garibaldi.

Vita Datau added, if all processes were carried out correctly, then Ubud could be designated as a gastronomic tourist destination for the UNWTO prototype, which was in accordance with the gastronomy destination development guideline of UNWTO.

To be declared a prototype, there are five standard criteria for UNWTO gastronomic destinations, including lifestyle, local products, culture and history, background stories of foods, as well as nutrition and health.

The implementation of these standards are important, as it will become a benchmark for Indonesia and other targeted regions for gastronomic destinations, such as Yogyakarta, Solo, Semarang and Bandung.

“Indonesia is rich in tourism potentials, as it has a varied and wide geographical area and landscape. This gastronomic destination is most likely to provide welfare to communities from upstream to downstream, so that people feel the impact,” Yahya noted. (yas)

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