DOI: 10.5176/2301-3710_JMComm15.13

Authors: Chiara Anindya

Abstract: The occurrence of commercializing death is not uncommon in the media. This paper concerns the death executions done towards six convicts related to the crime of drug trafficking in Indonesia. It is my belief that the media industry in Indonesia uses this occurrence as a high commodity product. Death executions reporting is a media event in Indonesia—captivating the media audience and making them crave for more. Focusing on online journalism products, I gather my data from two online media portals in Indonesia with the highest traffic, kompas[dot]com and detik[dot]com. Through analyzing basic features determining a media event, emphasizing on the bias towards sensationalism, it is concluded that the reporting of death executions is a major media event in Indonesia’s online press.

Keywords: death executions; media event; online press; cyber media


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