Whisnu Mardiansyah, Jakarta – Presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto claims that the majority of journalists are publishing lies. He even claims that the media are lackeys of those who want to destroy the [Unitary State of the] Republic of Indonesia (NKRI).
Prabowo says that the public should no longer respect journalists who work to report the news.
“Quite frankly the press is just lots of lies rather than the truth. Every day there are around five to eight newspapers which come to my place. Mostly I just like to see the lies”, said Prabowo at a commemoration of International Disabilities Day at the Sahid Hotel in Central Jakarta on December 5.
The chairperson of the Greater Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) and former Kopassus (Special Forces) commander accuses journalists and the media of being lackeys to those who want to destroy democracy in Indonesia.
“You may well [have articles] printed here and there, [but] I don’t acknowledge you as journalists. There’s no need for me to suggest to you that you respect them anymore, they’re just lackeys, people who want to destroy the Republic of Indonesia”, asserted Prabowo.
Prabowo was furious because of the lack of reporting on the 212 reunion in Central Jakarta on December 2 which he attended [as a special guest]. Prabowo is accusing the media for not being objective because it failed to report on the 212 reunion.
“There were tens (of millions) [at the event but] they didn’t want to report it, they as journalists have betrayed their duty as journalists. You no longer have the right to be called journalists anymore”, he said. (FZN)
[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was “Prabowo Sebut Jurnalis Antek Penghancur NKRI”.]