Broadcasters Drive Cultural Preservation

Bali Regional Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPID) encouraged local broadcasters on the island to be a driving force in the effort to preserve local culture.

“Bali is closely related to the arts and cultural uniqueness. Balinese uniqueness of art and culture that is famous all over the world also has the potential to be presented on the screen. The efforts to broadcast the culture not only as a form of entertainment but a form of protection and preservation,” said Chairman of KPID Bali, Anak Agung Gede Rai Sahadewa, in Denpasar, on Saturday.

He warned that one of the roles and functions of broadcasters is to preserve the local and national culture. Broadcasters also have a responsibility to raise the values of morality and religion. Moreover, Balinese culture is filled with the spirit of the Hindu religion values.

“Broadcasters have the ability to do that and preservation efforts should be done by the broadcasters,” he said after the signing of an agreement between KPID Bali and the Faculty of Darma Duta Hindu Darma Institute (IHDN) Denpasar and local broadcasters.

Rai Sahadewa added that preservation of the Balinese culture is also required to be done by the broadcasters using a networked broadcast system (SSJ) through its broadcast station in Bali. Moreover, SSJ broadcaster has an obligation to broadcast local content as a contribution towards the area where the agencies expand its business.

“SSJ broadcaster has an obligation to broadcast local contents from 10 to 50 percent later,” he said.

He said that he appreciated the signing of the agreement that was led by IHDN Denpasar because with the existence of the agreement it is expected that there will be institutions supervise participating broadcasters primarily related to religious and cultural broadcasts.

“Especially in television broadcasts related to the use of religious symbols that are prone to cause public offense. Previous cases should be learning tool so that the same incident does not happen again,” he said.

Through the agreement signed, the momentum is expected to be used by academicians in IHDN Denpasar to participate and conduct media literacy. In accordance with tri dharma of college course, the academicians can participate and monitor the media literacy as part of community service.

Meanwhile, the Rector of IHDN Denpasar, Prof. I Nengah Dwija, expected that the broadcasters provide a space for students to practice their knowledge so that in the future graduates of IHDN Denpasar are expected not only to be a religion teacher but also can be a journalist, broadcaster and entrepreneur.

Graduates of IHDN Denpasar, he added, must be able to demonstrate their ability to the public. On the other hand the community can also provide an assessment to the graduates of IHDN. “IHDN Denpasar also requires public criticism, including from the media. Moreover, the media has the ability to build an opinion,” said Dwija.

Director General of Hindu Community Supervision of the Ministry of Religious Affair, Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Gde Yudha Triguna said that so far broadcasters are very helpful to broadcast religious broadcasting up to the remote areas. Community is also getting useful information from the media, especially related to religious values and morality.

“It’s just that over the years there is a statement from the source person or religious speaker who stated that this one is true, the other one is wrong. This makes people become confused. It will be better if before the show is aired there is a team of editors,” said Triguna.

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