Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The discourse on Publisher Rights regulations is currently still under discussion at the State Secretariat level. This was revealed by the Deputy Minister of Communication and Information, Nezar Patria, when met at the Borobudur Hotel, Jakarta, Tuesday (12/9/2023).
He further said that the government was still waiting for a response from players in the media industry and their relationship with digital platforms.
According to him, there are still several things that need to be synchronized, between the aspirations of digital platforms and content publishing companies.
“So this is still in process, hopefully we can find a common ground soon. So we can complete the Publisher Rights,” he said.
Jokowi first announced the issue of Publisher Rights in his speech commemorating National Press Day, last February. At that time, Jokowi touched on the sustainability of the conventional media industry which was facing serious challenges.
The reason is, around 60% of advertising spending goes to foreign platforms such as Google and Facebook. In fact, media companies play an important role in producing content.
“Conventional media’s financial resources will decrease. The flight will definitely go there [Google, Facebook, dkk]. “The dominance of foreign platforms in taking up our advertising spending has made things difficult for domestic media,” Jokowi said at the time.
Publisher Rights are considered a policy that will save the media business. In general, Publisher Rights require platforms such as Google and Facebook to provide compensation in the form of a certain amount of money to media companies.
So far, Google and Facebook have solely acted as news distributors. Without media that produces news content, Google and Facebook have no material to distribute to the public.
Jokowi said Publisher Rights were the domain of the Ministry of Communication and Information (Kominfo), together with the Press Council and prominent journalists.
“I’m just waiting for the draft. The draft comes to me, I sign it,” he said.
Google itself has opened its voice regarding this discourse. The search engine giant proposed that an independent monitoring agency be formed to formulate these regulations.
The institution is separate from news publishers and digital platforms. The reason is to ensure that there is a healthy discussion taking into account the interests of various parties.
“The goal is to protect journalists and the survival of domestic news, as well as taking into account the digital reality of users in Indonesia and the global nature of technology,” Google said in its official statement last February.
Meanwhile, Facebook stated that it would stop distributing news content if publisher rights regulations were issued in Indonesia.
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