Sunday, February 17, 2008

"When we journalists fail to get across the reality of events to our readers, we have not only failed in our job; we have also become a party to the bloody events that we are supposed to be reporting."

-- Journalist Robert Fisk, in his book The Great War for Civilisation
on self-censorship at The Times of London


Cartoon by Khalil Bendid, a Berkeley, California-based artist, who publishes his works in numerous newspapers in the United States. He is also a sculptor, growing up in Morocco and Algeria.
Copyrights by Khalil Bendid. All rights reserved.

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The 'Kemusuk Thug' is Finally Dead
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Kronologi Pengasuhan Norman
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Polemik Sejarah, Pers dan Indonesia
Kapan "pers Indonesia" lahir? Apa 1744 dengan Bataviasche Nouvelles? Apa 1864 dengan Bintang Timoer di Padang? Soerat Chabar Betawie pada 1858? Medan Prijaji pada 1907? Atau sesuai proklamasi Agustus 1945? Atau kedaulatan Desember 1949?

Murder at Mile 63
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Protes Melawan Pembakaran Buku
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Indonesia: A Lobbying Bonanza
Taufik Kiemas, when his wife Megawati Sukarnoputri was still president, collected political money to hire a Washington firm to lobby for Indonesian weapons. This story is a part of a project called Collateral Damage: Human Rights and US Military Aid

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Sejak Juli 2003, saya berkelana dari Sabang ke Merauke, guna wawancara dan riset buku. Intinya, saya pergi ke tujuh pulau besar, dari Sumatra hingga Papua, plus puluhan pulau kecil macam Miangas, Salibabu, Ternate dan Ndana. Inilah catatan kecil perjalanan tersebut.

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State Intelligence Agency hired Washington firm
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From the Thames to the Ciliwung
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2 comments:

Si Pemimpi said...

hello mas andreas, i never thought you would be that wise. gotta tell you that it turned out that i got a wrong information. someone in the mailing list where i'm also a member told that in one you or courses you "forbade" journalists to write novels because, if so, he will lead people astray.... seeing how wise you've been, by deleting the quite sarcastic opening for the first comment :D (i can read between the lines, bro!), i will surely clarify the misunderstanding.... i'll write a new post on it. okey? but sorry, i still have to tackle some urgent issues in literature, hehehe.... i'll make "that" entry soon as i have quite a spare time, okey? let us be friends, okey? i'm begging now. hehehe...

Andreas Harsono said...

Dengan hormat,

Terima kasih untuk penjelasannya. Saya tak pernah melarang peserta kami untuk menulis fiksi. Sama sekali tak pernah. Mungkin Anda tahu Linda Christanty, Anita Kastubi dan sebagainya. Mereka menulis fiksi. Mereka pernah ikut kelas saya. Mereka tahu saya kritis terhadap fiksi namun tak melarang fiksi.

Jelasnya, saya bilang agar berhati-hati bila menulis fiksi saat ia bersisihan dengan fakta. Penulisan fiksi, yang memperkuat propaganda negara Indonesia, hanya akan membuat kebodohan di masyarakat ini makin mendalam. Indonesia, kalau dilihat dari kacamata ilmu politik, barulah soft nation alias bangsa belum matang. Ia hanya bisa dibuat matang dengan berdasarkan kebenaran dan informasi bermutu. Penulisan fiksi, yang memperkuat propaganda "Majapahit" atau informasi tak bermutu sejenisnya, akan memperluas kedangkalan pola pikir masyarakat. Ia akan jadi awal dari kekerasan antar etnik, agama dan sebagainya. Itu saja. Terima kasih.