TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Communications and Informatics Ministry acting-head spokesman Ferdinandus Setu does not consider the advertisement on Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in movie cinemas as a form of political campaign.
He argues that the intent of the advertisement is mainly to show the government’s achievements under the leadership of President Jokowi at a controlled environment.
“Just so you know, theater managements does offer space for advertisement prior to showing a movie,” he said.
Ferdinandus also said that the advertisement is not linked to Jokowi’s campaign attempts for the 2019 presidential election candidacy and is more of a public service advert.
“The ministry always attempts to inform the public about the government’s program, policies, activities, and achievements, that are either ongoing or has been introduced,” he said on Wednesday. He further explained that the advert is backed by Law No. 39/2008 and Presidential Decree No. 54/2015.
The Jokowi public service advertisement stole social media’s spotlight after it attracted a critical Tweet from politician Fadli Zon, who suggested that the advert should be taken down.