Integrity Values of Public Media
In Indonesia
Case Study: Former “Beauty Queen” Angelina
Sondakh figure in KOMPAS Daily Newspaper
between 21th December 2012 and 4thJanuary 2013
Gracia Rachmi Adiarsi
Yolanda Stellarosa
Daniari Setiawati

This paper is to examine corruption figure exposed by media in Indonesia nowadays. The cases of corruption spread to all element in society, from local government official, general police to member of parliamentary. Media makes defendants as if they are celebrity who seems not really guilty. Media construct the cases to become popular but being not trusted by person who access the media. Therefore, everyone who reads news from newspaper or access the media will wonder why the defendants have been treated very special. After Soeharto era, freedom of press in Indonesia is very excessively. Sometimes, information is being formatted without considering the ethic. All media, including newspapers are required to reveal and present the truth, balanced, accurate, objective and neutral, in order to facilitate the public about the truth of message as a whole, rather than making them confuse. Thus, the integrity of the media is highly required. Therefore, media can present the news in accordance to ethic and value rather than focus to defendant’s as personal. This research uses qualitative methodology and semiotic in media, meaning of meaning theory, discourse analysis and agenda setting. The result of this research found that KOMPAS media integrity rather polluted with news which not focusing to the substance in corruption as enemy for the country (Agelina Sondakh cases from 21th December 2012 to 4thJanuary 2013).
Keywords: reformation era, freedom of press, the integrity of the KOMPAS

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The ASEAN Conference “Educating ASEAN Societies for Integrity-The Role of Educators and Students in Building Integrity” was held in Borobudur Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia on 2-3 April 2013.
A total of 226 educators, students, government officials, and practitioners from 10 ASEAN member countries participated at the Conference.

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