Mass Media is Expected to Transform the Concept of Information Dissemination for Persons with Disabilities
Persons with disabilities, with special needs, are entitled to receive equal treatment in many ways, including access to information.

Social Minister Juliari P. Batubara warned that his teachings are about justice and equal rights for disabilities.

Through the Directorate General of Social Rehabilitation (Rehsos), the government encourages mass media people to transform the concept of information dissemination so that it is easily accessible to persons with disabilities.

"News coverage must be friendly to persons with disabilities, both in the context of accessibility and making them a subject," said Director General of Social Rehabilitation Harry Hikmat, in a Focused Group Discussion, entitled "Creating Guidelines for Disability Friendly News" which was held virtually by the Press Council, this morning. .

Based on Law no. 8 of 2016 concerning Persons with Disabilities, there are five categories of disabilities, namely physical, intellectual, mental, sensory, and dual / multi. Based on 2020 data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS), the number of people with disabilities in Indonesia has reached 22.5 million or around five percent.

Harry added that the 2018 National Socio-Economic Survey (Susenas) data revealed that access to information for persons with disabilities in using cellphones or laptops was only 34.89 percent, while non-disabled people were 81.61 percent. Meanwhile, people with disabilities have internet access 8.50 percent, while non-disabled people have 45.46 percent.

"The government together with all elements of society continue to overcome this problem because the fulfillment of information is the right of every citizen," he said.

In line with Harry, Chairman of the Press Council Muhammad Nuh said that digital technology will play an important role in increasing the accessibility of information for people with disabilities. The reason is, lifestyle is a necessity.

"Because technology plays a role as a supporter, driver, enabler and, most importantly, a transformer," he said.

This activity was held in the context of a new framework for media people to develop disability-friendly information. The event was attended by the Director General of Social Rehs of the Ministry of Social Affairs Harry Hikmat, Director General of Human Rights of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights Mualimin Abdi, General Chairperson of the Indonesian Association of People with Disabilities (PPDI) Gufroni Sakaril, and Member of the Press Council Asep Setiawan.

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