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KF-FPCI Virtual Dialogue

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Date 2020-06-11 Event period 2020-06-02 ~ 2020-06-02 Read 49
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KF-FPCI Virtual Dialogue
On June 2, the Korea Foundation and the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) co-hosted the KF-FPCI Virtual Dialogue.

This event, as the fourth round of the KF Virtual Dialogue Series, tackled the subject of “Democracy in the Time of COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities.” Participants included KF President Geun Lee, FPCI Founder Dino Patti Djalal, Indonesian Ambassador to Norway Todung Mulya Lubis, Seoul National University Professor of International Politics Kim Eui-young, Yonsei University Professor John Delury, and the Jakarta Post’s Senior Editor Endy Bayuni.

Professor Kim Eui-young, the dialogue’s first speaker, said the Republic of Korea set an example, proving that a democratic country could successfully respond to COVID-19. He mentioned the open and transparent environment in which the government provided citizens with sufficient information, and how trust in this information resulted in a high level of civic awareness and voluntary cooperation among Koreans.

Ambassador Todung Mulya Lubis pointed out that many governments took a shortcut in responding to coronavirus, by declaring a state of national emergency, for example, or imposing restrictions. He pointed out that such measures might be easily misused or abused by actors looking to accumulate power or silence political opponents. He therefore emphasized that every emergency measure should be lawful and non-discriminatory, and especially that human rights should not be violated or denied under any circumstances, including a state of emergency. The ambassador also added that freedom of speech and information was very important in making a true democracy work.

Professor John Delury said that young democracies in particular were successfully reacting to the pandemic, while free democracies such as the United States and the United Kingdom had failed. According to his analysis, South Korea’s success lied in the emphasis placed on the “public,” especially the continuous investment in public health, a high level of public education, and a strong environment for public information.

Senior Editor Endy Bayuni explained that while a strong government might be advantageous in making a prompt decision to respond to the pandemic under the current political environment in Indonesia, a lack of sound public discussion translated to limited checks and balances that could be used to help the government head in the right direction. He also expressed a desire for better policies and strategies for coping with fake news without reducing public space for sound discussions.

The KF- FPCI Virtual Dialogue was live streamed on YouTube and recorded 1,323 live view counts.

For those who missed the live event, check out a recording on the KF’s YouTube at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=287n_8acs5s&t=2393s.

We look forward to your continued interest in the KF Virtual Dialogue Series.
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