A Critical Discourse Analysis on Republika Newspaper Coverage: the Case Study of Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia’s Disbandment Plan
Budi Santoso1, Aceng Abdullah2, Dian Wardiana Sjuchro3, Eni Maryani4
1Budi Santoso, Department of Communication Science Faculty, Padjadjaran University, Bandung.
2Aceng Abdullah, Department of Communication Science Faculty, Padjadjaran University, Bandung.
3Dian Wardiana Sjuchro, Department of Communication Science Faculty, Padjadjaran University, Bandung.
4Eni Maryani, Department of Communication Science Faculty, Padjadjaran University, Bandung.
Manuscript received on 23 April 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 06 May 2019 | Manuscript Published on 17 May 2019 | PP: 85-91 | Volume-8 Issue-1S May 2019 | Retrieval Number: A10120581S19/2019©BEIESP
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Abstract: Republika newspaper was meant to serve Indonesian Muslims, particularly mid-class, to get reliable information on the perspective of Islam. Republika was not the first Islamic media ever existed in Indonesia, its establishment like an oasis in the repressive policy of the New Order regime towards Islamic groups. However, it was also used as New Order’s instrument to sow the idea of moderate Islam which unconditionally accept the state’s ideology and constitution. It is evident that Indonesia is a fertile ground for many Islam mazhab to expand. Not only locals like Nahdlatul Ulama or Muhammadiyah, but also global Islamist networks such as Hizb ut-Tahrir. It means that Republika deals with multi-facet of Islam. On May 8, 2017, the Indonesian government announced the plan to disband Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia. The next day, Republika reported the event, put the news on page one as a banner headline. The coverage then continued within ten days until May 19 in the form of fourteen hard news, six of which were headlines, indicating the reality was newsworthy. Employing Fairclough’s CDA model to examine the news articles, authors find out that Republika constructed the reality to their interests as a moderate Islamic newspaper by shifting the reality up to nationalism, as well as transnational and local Islam ideological matter which marginalizing the existence of HTI.
Keywords: Republika, Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia, Nationalism, Transnational, Local, Critical Discourse Analysis.
Scope of the Article: Predictive Analysis