Printcoverage Bali bombing - Australia vs. Asia

Essay, 2003

8 Pages, Grade: C (2,0)




1. Introduction

2. The Event

3. The Newspapers

4. Comparison
4.1. Sources
4.2. Perspectives
4.3. Emotions, Placement, Pictures & Content

5. Conclusion


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1. Introduction

As topic for this essay I did choose to write about the bombing on the Sari Club on Bali a year ago. The reason why I chose this event, already lying in the past[1], is the actual trial. As we are supposed to compare an Australian and an Asian newspaper, an event concerning people of both regions seems to be the best choice. It is important to keep the fact in mind that the actual incident already occurred. The news now covers the historical background with the influence of the happenings in the last year and the last act, the trial.

In this essay you will see the different coverage be “The Australian”[2] and “The Jakarta Post”[3] using the editions from the 1st of August until the 11th of September 2003. All information in this essay are taken out or based on one of those two newspapers. I will describe the incident, tell you something about the two newspapers and compare them. You will recognize some differences, especially in the emotional part but you will also see that the Asian paper has a really western way of reporting the occurrence and that the west as even influence on the actual staff of “The Jakarta Post”.

2. The Event

Bali is one of 17,508 islands that make the Indonesian archipelago.[4] Every year over one million tourists visit the Island. At any one time some 20,000 Australians could be found on Bali. On October 12 2002 a bomb exploded outside a nightclub in the seaside resort on the Indonesian island of Bali. 202 got killed and 88 of them where Australians. The bomb exploded at 11.30 pm outside of the Sari Club in Kuta on Bali. A year later the incident is reanimated trough the trial and the death penalty for some of the terrorists having killed the people in the club. 75% of the victims were tourists. The global context of this terrorism attack is the attack on 11th of September in New York and other terrorism and antiterrorism activities around the world. Different attacks all over the world as the last one on a hotel in Jakarta are connected. Some persons are financing, planing and doing them or are at least part of the same global organisations or believing in the same prophet. Not only has the economy globalised but also has the crime.

The terrifying cognition for the rest of the world is that the (partly Islamic) terroristic hate does not only aim on American but on all western cultures. The persons affected where nor military nor business people but persons who went in a supposedly secure place to spend some vacations away from all the real problems of life. There for the reports not only contain the actual occurrence but also the world wide terrorism, concerning also Asians who e.g. rely on tourism or are victims as well.

3. The Newspapers

“The Australian” (TA) was launched in 1964 as a national newspaper.[5] The circulation and weekdays is 137,461 in average and at weekends 295,629. The readership has an average on weekdays of 459,000 and at weekends of 917,000[6]. 59% of the readers have a diploma and the readers are twice more likely to earn more than $ 60.000 than the rest of the Australian population. 63% of the readers are male.[7]

“The Jakarta Post” (JP) was launched April, 1983 as one of the only English newspapers in Asia.[8] Today it is the biggest English newspaper in Indonesia. The online version is a free of charge version of the paper version with a huge archive. The total daily average paid circulation of 35,753[9] and has a distribution overseas of 0.77%. It has an average annual circulation growth of 39%. 53.7% of the readers have a diploma. 79.1% are male and 45.4% earn more than 7,000,000 Rp.

The high number of well-educated and high-income readers is a consequence of the demographic structure of newspaper readers.

4. Comparison

“On January 25 2003, veteran investigative journalist Robert S. Finnegan was fired from The Jakarta Post, Jakarta Indonesia as a direct result of his reporting on the October 12 bombing in Kuta, Bali. The Jakarta Post management caved in to pressure exerted by international interests to terminate the reporter after his investigation uncovered CIA connections to the bombing.”[10],[11] Even if this is not the really reason for having fired Finnegan, this quote shows problems


[1] 12th October 2002

[2] In paper form

[3] available at

[4] [4] Overview based on articles of JP and TA

[5] Cf. ff. “The Australian” at

[6] Readership figures based on Roy Morgan Research, June 2003

[7] Percentages based on Roy Morgan Research, June 2003

[8] Cf. ff. “The Jakarta Post” at

[9] Figures based on an Independent Auditor’s Report of Prasetio, Utomo & Co

[10] Statement issued by Robert Finnegan (, January 26th

[11] Note: The Jakarta Post has denied the firing was related to the Bali bomb blast story, but declined to specify its grounds for dismissing Finnegan

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Printcoverage Bali bombing - Australia vs. Asia
Macquarie University  (Media Department)
Media and the Asia Pacific
C (2,0)
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Printcoverage, Bali, Australia, Asia, Media, Asia, Pacific
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Sebastian Geipel (Author), 2003, Printcoverage Bali bombing - Australia vs. Asia, Munich, GRIN Verlag,


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