“Stop the live coverage!” “: Neighbors of Indonesian COVID-19 patients castigate audiovisual media – National
Ardila Syakriah (The Jakarta Post)
Wed Mar 4, 2020
Neighbors of Indonesia’s first two COVID-19 patients have urged broadcast media to stop live coverage of their housing complex in Depok, West Java.
Anis Hidayah, a resident and activist for Migrant Care, took to Facebook to express her frustrations over the local TV One broadcast coverage of her neighbor. Jakarta Post got her permission to quote her Facebook post, in which she and her neighbors threatened to denounce the media to the Press Council.
“Please turn off the constant live coverage of our housing complex. Enough!” she wrote.
Anis then defended the resident who had tested positive for COVID-19, whom she described as a respectable speaker and professional Javanese dancer with international achievements.
“[She is] humble, friendly with his neighbors and caring for them, âwrote Anis.
âStop judging patients. Stop posting photos of patients. “
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Monday announced the first two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia. Case 1 is a 31-year-old woman who had been in contact with a Japanese citizen who tested positive in Malaysia on February 27 after visiting Indonesia in early February. Case 2 is his 64-year-old mother.
Their personal data was shared on social media and news platforms as soon as the news broke, drawing criticism from activist groups and patients themselves, one of whom described the whole story. ‘test as “mentally exhausting”. (ar)