Indonesia profile

Radio journalist broadcasts Radio stations are plentiful, but the internet has become the second largest platform after TV

Television is Indonesia's dominant medium. Major national commercial networks compete with public Televisi Republik Indonesia (TVRI). Some provinces operate their own stations.

The radio dial is crowded, with scores of stations on the air in Jakarta alone. Private stations carry their own news, but cannot relay live news from international broadcasters.

Reporters Without Borders praises Indonesia's media pluralism but says the government has failed to guarantee complete freedom for the media. It says reporting on environmental matters can be especially dangerous.

There are 55 million internet users (InternetWorldStats). Facebook is a hugely popular web destination. A survey has described Indonesians as the world's most active users of Twitter. A range of opinion formers are active on social media.

Surfers are leapfrogging usual forms of access - including PCs - in favour of mobile devices.

There has been a fierce debate over government proposals to filter sites deemed to carry pornographic or blasphemous content.

The press

Men read Media Indonesia Press freedom is hampered by legal and regulatory restrictions
  • Media Indonesia - daily
  • Tempo - weekly, English-language pages



News agency

  • Antara - government-owned news agency, English-language pages

More Asia-Pacific stories


Features & Analysis

  • Woman in swimming pool Green stuff

    The element that makes a familiar smell when mixed with urine

  • Plane at Shannon airportShannon's call

    The airport that hosted a roll-call of presidents

  • Record playing on turntableVinyl destination

    The eight tribes of people who keep buying records

  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at RAAF Amberley airbase near Brisbane on 19 AprilIn pictures

    Fighter jets and screaming crowds for William and Kate

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • ITChild's play

    It's never been easier for small businesses to get their message out to the world


  • Tuna and avacadoThe Travel Show Watch

    Is Tokyo set to become the world's gourmet capital?

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.