[unpad.ac.id, 03/08/2019] The Regional Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPID) of West Java limits the broadcasting hours to 17 English-language songs which are considered as vulgar or containing adult content. This policy immediately invited a number of communities to express the pros and cons [of the policy], including musicians who were the “victims” of the restrictions set by the KPID.
Chairperson of the West Java KPID, Dedeh Fardiah, affirmed that West Java KPID was not prohibiting the screening of 17 songs, but rather limiting the broadcasting hours of the songs.
“Many are misperceiving that we are banning [the songs]. Even though we are only making restrictions and not prohibitions, ” said Dedeh in a public dialogue titled “Responding to the Song Broadcasting Restriction of West Java KPID” held by the Communication, Media and Culture Study Center of the Faculty of Communication Sciences in the Oemi Abdurrahman campus of the Faculty of Communication Sciences, Jatinangor, Friday (8/3).
Dedeh explained that West Java KPID had classified the 17 songs into the “adult” (D) category. The regulations for category “D” music state that the songs are only allowed to be broadcast from 22:00 to 03:00 local time.
According to Dedeh, the policy to limit the 17 songs is in accordance with Law Number 32 of 2002 on Broadcasting. In the aforementioned law, the KPI acts as the supervisor of broadcast content and has the duties and obligations to accommodate and follow up on complaints, objections, criticisms, and public appreciation of broadcasting.
In addition, the KPID is also obliged to provide protection and empowerment to women and children. “The interests of children must also be considered in broadcasts,” she added.
Dedeh explained that the policy of limiting broadcasting hours to 17 songs originated from public complaints regarding English-language songs considered to contain sexual content. The KPID had received 52 public complaints since August 2018.
The monitoring and review of songs broadcast by broadcasting institutions in West Java was carried out throughout 2018. The KPID also conducted a study by bringing in a number of experts, including linguists and English literary experts, music experts, as well as communication experts.
Subsequently, the KPID conducted a re-assessment during a plenary meeting until finally issuing a circular regarding song restriction.
Dedeh added that this was not the first time that the KPID made restrictions for songs. In 2016, West Java KPID limited the broadcasting hours of dangdut songs that were considered vulgar or “D” category.
Meanwhile Dr. Eni Maryani, a lecturer and Chairperson of the Center for Communication, Media and Culture Studies at the Unpad Faculty of Communication Sciences, said that the policy of limiting the 17 songs was a sincere effort carried out by the KPID.
“This case serves as an entry point on how to make society pay attention to content and even regulations,” said Dr. Eni.
Dr. Eni believes that many people are not very familiar with the Broadcasting Law. “This case prompts [people] to examine this particular law is and see what it encompasses,” she said.
Other speakers were also present at this public dialogue, namely legal practitioner Muhammad Zen Al Faqih, and musician Hinhin Agung Daryana. *
Reported by Arief Maulana | Translated by Shabrina M.