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NEWS OF ENGELINE’S MURDER: DISCOURSE STUDIES IN NEWS ABOUT CHILD ABUSE IN INDONESIA | Lesmana | Proceeding International Conference on Media and Communications in Southeast Asia

NEWS OF ENGELINE’S MURDER: DISCOURSE STUDIES IN NEWS ABOUT CHILD ABUSE IN INDONESIA

Fanny Lesmana, Desi Yoanita, Aylanda Hidayat

Abstract


Child abuse is a behavior that is considered a criminal offense for violating the law.
Child abuse fall into the category of criminal acts because it can damage the future of a child.
Engeline (8 years), was a girl who lives in Bali, Indonesia. She is not only suffered
abuse children, but also lost her life because of violence experienced. Engeline’s murder case
ultimately resulted in the occurrence of abuse of children is committed by the foster mother to
Engeline in daily life. Indonesia’s society had shaken. Officials intervened. National media also
highlighted this event.
Cases of child abuse experienced by Engeline before she was assassinated in June 2015
coloring news in many medias, including the print media, in Indonesia. Therefore, researchers
are interested to see how the national print media in Indonesia to interpret the events of children
abuse experienced by Engeline. As a tool for social control to the community, it is natural if the
print media give news that is not biased and showed rejection in cases of abuse of children in
order to shape public opinion in favor of the rights of a child to live a life.
National print media studied were Kompas and Jawa Pos daily. While the news in
question was included in the category of news headline news within the month of June 2015.
The study with qualitative approach using the method of discourse analysis emphasizes the
meaning of the text, such as word choice, selection of photographs, pictures and graphics.
This study shows that the national print media in Indonesia showed rejection in cases of
children abuse that causes death in Engeline and can shape public opinion on the public to
reject any act of violence on children.

Keywords: news, murder, child abuse, newspaper, discourse analysis


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