Media and The Religious Intolerance: A Framing Analysis of the Religious Intolerance in the Special Region of Yogyakarta Province, Indonesia

Inez Christyastuti Hapsari, Eriyanto Eriyanto


Since the foundation in 1945, Indonesia has never been declared as a particular state religion, and instead home to six beliefs. Nevertheless, the inequality number of followers in each religion leads to the majority and minority classification. Thus, it is challenging to prevent social friction in the form of religious intolerance, wherein the constitution mentioned, the freedom of religion and belief should be guaranteed as part of human rights. A mezzo study from The Wahid Institute (2014) showed unpleasant result; Special Region of Yogyakarta (DIY), which was well-known by its plurality and toleration, had 733,33 percent increasing religious intolerance incidents, led it to become the second-highest province with religious intolerance incidents. Therefore, this study aims to understand, why did the local media, Kedaulatan Rakyat, Harian Jogja frame the incidents as a mere law and crime events, by highlighting the violent aspects. The result found, the local media tend not to damage harmony and peace in DIY Province since they are reluctant to the figure of the Sultan.

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