Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: Indonesia 119/180
Founded in 1983 by then information minister Ali Murtopo, Jusuf Wanandi, Muhammad Chudori, and Jakob Oetama, The Jakarta Post is a daily English language newspaper published in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Jakarta Post features an online edition and a weekend magazine supplement called J+ that focus on politics, business, culture, economy, and more. The Jakarta Post’s target audience is a foreign English Language community. Nezar Patria is the Editor-in-Chief.
Funded by / Ownership
The Jakarta Post is published by PT Niskala Media Tenggara, however, the actual individual owner is not disclosed. Revenue is derived through subscription fees and advertisements.
Analysis / Bias
In 2020 Reporters Without Borders ranked Indonesia 119/180 in their Press Freedom Index. The current President of Indonesia is Joko Jokowi Widodo who leans center-left.
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In review, in the 2014 elections, The Jakarta Post endorsed Center-Left Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo “Editorial: Endorsing Jokowi”, stating “There is no such thing as being neutral when the stakes are so high.” However, they still publish editorials that are critical of ‘Jokowi’s’ ruling center-left party PDI-P such as “Challenge from within”. A quote from the article reads “the last few years witnessed how the PDI-P has struggled to live up to its name.” They continue, “Surely the PDI-P is now at its peak performance. Unless it resists the temptation to hold onto power through “undemocratic” means, we might see the party’s collapse sooner or later.” Furthermore, the article poorly sources its claims. The Jakarta Post also covers Airlangga Hartarto positively (The Chairman of the center-right Golkar Party and also Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs President of Indonesia Joko Widodo’s cabinet): “It’s official: Airlangga reelected to Golkar’s top post.”
When it comes to political issues, particularly in regards to West Papua, the Jakarta Post reports with a balanced tone “Protests demanding release of seven Papuan activists continue as verdict trials near.” Although The Jakarta Post covers world news pertaining to the USA, through the AFP, they also publish opinion pieces that are critical in a tone such as “It’s official: Indonesia has arrived at its Trumpian moment”. When it comes to sourcing The Jakarta Post typically sources to themselves and uses quotes. In general, they report news factually with a slight left-leaning editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate The Jakarta Post Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to a lack of transparency with ownership and poor sourcing techniques. (D. Van Zandt 5/13/2017) Updated (M. Huitsing 7/21/2020)