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UK holds media operations training programme for Indonesian military

23rd July 2012 | 3.637 Views
UK holds media operations training programme for Indonesian military
Rebecca Razavi.
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence will hold a training program on media operations for Indonesian military officers, starting Monday through Friday (July 27), as part of an effort to improve the defense forces` ability to work in the modern media environment.

Deputy British Ambassador to Indonesia Rebecca Razavi noted that media had the power to influence people`s opinion and the way history was written. Therefore, she added, such training programs were essential for a good democracy.

"I am pleased that the UK is continuing to work closely with the Indonesian Armed Forces to help develop skills in the area of media operations. This will help the military personnel work effectively with the media for accurate reporting and improved information flow," Rebecca said in a press statement received by ANTARA News here on Monday.

Meanwhile, Indonesian Military (TNI) spokesperson Rear Admiral Iskandar Sitompul said human resources were an important asset of TNI. In the current media environment, he added, the military organization needed to respond quickly to every incident.

"This training is part of the efforts to improve the ability of the TNI information personnel to communicate in an ever-changing strategic environment," Iskandar explained.

The training was organized with the Royal Military Academy Sandhurs in order to enhance the Indonesian military's ability to work in a variety of operational environments.