Clarification on Tempo Magazine's Jokowi Illustration Cover



Markus Wisnu Murti

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  • The cover of TEMPO magazine's September 16, 2019 edition. TEMPO

    The cover of TEMPO magazine's September 16, 2019 edition. TEMPO

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Tempo Magazine (Bahasa Indonesia version|Majalah Tempo) Executive Editor Setri Yasra said the cover illustration of the magazine's September 16-22 edition did not necessarily depict President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as Pinocchio.

    “Tempo never insulted the head of state as we are currently accused of. Tempo never depicted the President as Pinocchio. [What the cover depicts] is the shadow of Pinocchio,” said Setri in a written statement on Monday.

    As mandated by the Law No.40/1999, Setri explained, Tempo Magazine has taken into account the dynamics that grow in the public regarding the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK Law) Law revisions.

    Setri explained that the cover illustration on Tempo's latest edition titled “Janji Tinggal Janji” (lip-service) is a metaphor of the aforementioned dynamics that saw anti-corruption activists accusing the president of not keeping his words in terms of strengthening the KPK.

    Tempo has published the explanation from the President in the form of an interview,” said Serti.

    He said that Tempo's editorial board believed that President Jokowi was completely cognizant of the role of journalism in the society and viewed criticism as a significant element under his administration.