This report explores the spectrum of media ownership and political affiliation in Indonesia. More specifically, this research examines the landscape of media ownership within Indonesia’s increasingly liberalized and digitalized media system and democracy. Furthermore, this research seeks to review earlier claims that, since 2010, politicians- cum-media owners have increased their control of the Indonesian media.
This research seeks to capture current media ownership conditions by investigating the link between media owners and political structures (governments, parliaments, and political parties). This research will help policymakers, media professionals, activists, and civil society understand the interrelation between media ownership and practical politics, as well as the implications of said interrelation for Indonesia’s 2024 election. Given the breadth of the issues of ownership and political affiliation, this research focuses on mapping the ownership and political affiliation of Indonesian media, rather than their specific influences on news coverage/journalism or the practice of editorial intervention.