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Jokowi and Rumors of PKI on Presidential Election 2019

Lukmantoro, Triyono and Hasfi, Nurul (2022) Jokowi and Rumors of PKI on Presidential Election 2019. In: International Conference Proceeding ICISPE Universitas Diponegoro 22 EMBRACING GLOBAL TRANSFORMATION: COLLABORATIVE INNOVATIONS TROUGH SOCIAL AND POLITICAL RESEARCH 7-8 SEPT 2022. ICISPE Fisip Undip, Semarang. ISBN ISSN 2593-7650 (Submitted)

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As happened in the 2014 political campaign, incumbent candidate Joko Widodo was stigmatized as
a supporter of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) or a relative of a PKI member during the 2019 presidential
election. Because of these claims, Jokowi—the popular moniker for Jokowi Widodo—has suffered election
losses. This political event can be viewed from the viewpoint of moral panic from the perspective of cultural
studies. This indicates that the PKI is still perceived as a dangerous force that needs to be destroyed. The PKI
is a party that consistently commits crimes, making it a former political organization that still engages in social
deviance. In actuality, subsequent investigation revealed that the elite with access to both political and financial
power had fabricated the rumors that Jokowi was a PKI member or the son of a PKI member. The goal of these
elites is to stop Jokowi from winning reelection as president. On the other side, this rumor has also been
exaggerated by the media. The media loudly reinforced Jokowi's exaggerated remark. The PKI will continue
to exist in this fashion as a folk devil that needs to be fought.
Keywords: PKI, Moral panics, Presidential election 2019, Cultural studies

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Social Science and Political Science
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Political Sciences > Department of Communication
Depositing User: diana nirwani
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2023 01:09
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2023 01:09

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