Political Accountability and Television Media

  • Syaiful Halim Fakultas Ilmu Komunikasi, Universitas Esa Unggul Jakarta


In the fast development of social reality like right now, it is possible for media to have greater role. Media are not only the channel that transmits information throughout the world but also media are the medium to design agenda and notify humans important things so that it becomes materials for interaction in other communication channels.Mass media have systematic influence in the political system and public policy.

The political accountability is opportunity for politicians to making responsible for their activities and all issues before their audience whether they is part of their constituents or not. Therefore, impression management style (the techniques used by actors to develop some impressions in certain circumstances for some goal achievements) like proposed by Erving Goffman in his dramaturgy theory. There are many examples described on the stuttering attitude of politicians' political accountability in this country.

Recently there are some tendencies among the media owners to embrace "some political party cadres" to occupy the important positions in the media from members of the board of editors to the position of chief editors. With the naked eye, it may be really meant as efforts of building political power for the related media if compared to to the achievement of media professionalism.  


Key Words: politic; mass media; political communication; accountability; television

Author Biography

Syaiful Halim, Fakultas Ilmu Komunikasi, Universitas Esa Unggul Jakarta

He was born in Jakarta. He completed his undergraduate degree at Institut Ilmu Sosial dan Ilmu Politik (IISIP) Jakarta and he holds Master's degree in Communication Science from Universitas Mercu Buana (UMB) Jakarta. He had ever worked as a journalist in a women tabloid in Jakarta, a copywriter in a multinational company in Jakarta and a television journalist in a national television broadcasting station for almost 20 years. Since 2009, he has been working in education sector. He had ever taught at Universitas Telkom Bandung and Universitas of Mercu Buana (UMB) Jakarta. Right now he is a permanent lecturer at Universitas of Pembangunan Jaya (UPJ) Tangerang Selatan. Outside education activities, he holds exibition, human development in the sector of cinematography particularly documentary cinematography together with his students under Komunitas M-DOCS.

A film he produced and directed, Mendadak Caleg, won Citra Award given in the Indonesian Film Festival 2015. He also writes books concerning journalism, media and documentary films. Some books he had published are among others: Postkomodifikasi Media: Analisis Media Televisi dengan Teori Kritis dan Cultural Studies (2014); Dasar-dasar Jurnalistik Televisi: Panduan Praktis Memahami Teknik-Teknik Reportase dan Menulis Naskah Berita untuk Media Televisi (2015); dan Semiotika Dokumenter: Membongkar Dekonstruksi Mitos dalam Media Dokumenter (2017). 

How to Cite
HALIM, Syaiful. Political Accountability and Television Media. IDEALOGY, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 2, p. 50-61, sep. 2018. ISSN 2550-214X. Available at: <http://idealogyjournal.com/ojs/index.php/idealogy/article/view/57>. Date accessed: 18 apr. 2019.