Publisher rights not anti-digital platforms: Press Council

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Publisher rights regulation is not aimed at supporting anti-digital platform behavior, but rather creating a balanced and equal media system, the Indonesian Press Council has said.

“If there is a collaboration between the media, publishers, and (digital) platforms, maybe it would be mutually beneficial,” Chairman of the Commission for Inter-institutional and Foreign Relations of the Indonesian Press Council Agus Sudibyo said here on Monday.

Conventional mass media is responsible for distributing content and in case there are mistakes in news reporting, existing regulations such as the Press Law and the Broadcasting Law can help resolve them, he explained.

However, according to Sudibyo, the two laws have not been applied to global digital platforms.

“We also want the global platforms to be responsible for the content they share even if it is not them who create the content,” he said.

Publisher rights strive for equal responsibility between publishers and digital platforms, he added.

Furthermore, the regulation also stipulates that the two parties can establish cooperation to build quality, civilized, and ethical journalism and public spaces that are in accordance with the values of the Indonesian nation and Pancasila, he remarked.

“The most important thing is how this collaboration contributes to building good journalism, good content, civilized public spaces,” he explained.

A number of countries already have regulations that support journalistic media amid technological disruption, he said.

For instance, Australia has passed the News Media Bargaining Code, giving mass media companies the right to negotiate the price of journalistic content posted on global digital platforms.

“Publisher rights do not only exist in Indonesia, as it is becoming a global phenomenon. (Some) European countries, Australia, Canada, and others are also adopting (similar laws) based on their national (character),” Sudibyo said.

Source: Antara News