Government Involvement Upon Freedom of Expression in Mass Media in the Era of Digital Globalization [chapter]

Aulia Hasanatu Fial, Muhamad Alief Hidayat, Sunny Ummul Firdaus, Abi Novyanto
2022 Proceedings of the International Conference for Democracy and National Resilience 2022 (ICDNR 2022)  
People's sovereignty is something absolute in a democracy. This power allows the people to participate directly or indirectly in the government of a state. It should be noted that there are various ways in which the people can exercise their sovereignty, such as through political representatives elected once every five years or by voicing their orders directly through multiple actions and the media. One of them is the mass media. The use of mass media in Indonesia has been intensively carried
more » ... t since the Soeharto presidency, marked by the presence of the minister of information and a special department that handles mass media coverage. With this, it is clear that there is an understanding of how powerful the mass media is and the impact it has on people's sovereignty, public opinion, and government sustainability. On the one hand, awareness of the use of mass media and freedom of expression is a positive and practical thing to do. However, what if the facility is a boomerang for the people's sovereignty? What if public opinion is planned to fit the country's political agenda? Using qualitative research methods, this article will discuss what is possible and what has happened from the relationship between the mass media and people's sovereignty in a democratic state. This research is also expected to make the public aware of the importance of literacy and education in dealing with mass media coverage, Not only false news and simply deception by news and propaganda techniques.
doi:10.2991/978-2-494069-75-6_19 fatcat:5nxacot5pvdirhwn5yampkaruu