The media in Indonesia has become a battleground for ideas. Am happy about this 'coz it signifies, in many ways, the maturity of democracy. However, at the same time, I cannot help but feel that the Indonesian people remain very emotional in their treatment of the media as well as their digestion of matters in the media.
We have a long way before the Indonesian people can learn to be critical of the media, and use the media truly as an means to enhance their participation in this democracy.
The Indonesian people also should not be provoked by the media. It is important to recognize that the media provides a forum for forwarding different views on anything under the sun; difference should be celebrated with a view to moving forward successfully.
I take the example of my assessment of The Jakarta Post's selection of articles on Indonesia-Australia relations. On this occasion, I cannot but applaud the Jakarta Post's attempt to present multiple sides of the story. And more so, the fact that the Jakarta Post printed my letter as a source of reflection.