DENPASAR- Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS), an S3 collaboration programme between three universities (UGM-UIN Sunan Kalijaga-UKDW), signed an MoU on Creation of Healthy Television and Radio Broadcasting with Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) and Indonesia Media Watch (IMW) on Sunday, 1 April 2013, in Bali, to coincide with the 80th Indonesian broadcasting day.
Signing was done by Mochamad Riyanto (KPI), Elis Zuliati Anis (ICRS), and RM Zulkipli (IMW) in a national coordination meeting attended by Communication and Information Minister, Tifatul Sembiring, Co-ordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Human Rights, Joko Suyanto, and 350 participants from regional KPI offices, TV and Radio stations, AJI, and others.
Elis Zuliati said that ICRS as an education institution in interfaith and cross-culture disciplines, has an interest in broadcasting quality, particularly on televised religious programme. The quality of such programme will affect education of religion of Indonesian society.
“Ethics of broadcasting of religious program is one of ICRS’s concerns following the numerous problems caused by such programmes on TV,” said Elis on Thursday (4/4).
She added that as a form of community service, the ICRS had done a research on the theme of Religion, Gender and Media. The numerous problems in broadcasting of such programmes has become common concerns.
The MoU they signed stated that in the next 5 years, the ICRS with KPI and IMW will cooperate in research, media literacy education to realise healthy broadcasting programme.
Currently, the ICRS is preparing an International Seminar on Religion and Television to be held by end of Agustus 2013 in Jakarta.