Mr Slamet Thohari4
4Universitas Brawijaya, Malang, Indonesia
The Asian Para Games 2018 was held in Jakarta, 6-13 October 2018. Joined by 43 countries and 2762 athletes, the Indonesian Government proudly declared it was one of the biggest sports events for people with disabilities ever held in Asia. This research explores how local Indonesian newspapers in three provinces in Java, represented people with disabilities during Asian para games. Using the content analysis method, it examines four local newspapers, Surya (East Java), Kedaulatan Rakyat (Yogyakarta), and Suara Merdeka (Central Java), and Wartakota (Jakarta). The findings show that Asian Para games coverage was 34% of the whole sports news reporting. It also brings evidence that most of the pictures of people with disabilities portrayed them in a passive performance. In terms of perspective, promoting equal rights (human rights-based), as the primary purpose of Asian Para-games, is not a popular approach of depiction. Instead, the superscript and the inspiration model are the most common mindset describing disabled athletes.
Slamet Thohari is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and a senior researcher at Centre for Disability studies and services, Universitas Brawijaya. He is also the Indonesian chair of AIDRAN (Australia Indonesia Disability and Advocacy Network). He perused his degree at Department of Philosophy at Universitas Gadjah Mada and Departement of Sociology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.