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State terrorism and the Indonesian press : the 1998 reform movement

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Paul Franks
This paper examines the 1998 reform movement in Indonesia and focuses on the role of the press in exposing state-sponsored terrorism that was perpetuated by the security apparatus of Soeharto’s New Order government. As the reform movement, led by university students, gained momentum in early 1998, the press became increasingly bold in its reporting of the abduction by security forces of anti-government activists and in its reporting of other government abuses of power. With the Indonesian economy in freefall, the Soeharto New Order government lost control over a press emboldened by the rising tide of anti-government and anti-Soeharto sentiment. Many writers have acknowledged the key role of students in the reform movement. This paper will explore some of the links between the press, students and other pro-reform activists. From early 1998 the press were able to put the repressive actions of the New Order firmly on the media agenda and into the public arena. It is argued the press was an active participant in the reform movement and played a key role in the downfall of Soeharto’s authoritarian regime and the exposure of state-sanctioned human rights abuses and acts of terror.
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Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

3

Issue

2

Start Page

1

End Page

19

Number of Pages

19

eISSN

1444-741X

Location

Rockhampton, Qld

Publisher

Central Queensland Univedrsity

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Informatics and Communication;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

ejournalist : a refereed media journal.

Exports

CQUniversity

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