Feature: Community radios help educate Indonesian public about COVID-19

by Hayati

JAKARTA, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) — Hundreds of community radios in Indonesia have used their channels to help educate the public about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among them is Rasi FM, which is based in the Cisewu sub district, Garut district, in the province of West Java.

Rasi FM founder Latief Rochyana said that in the early stage of the COVID-19 outbreak, misinformation and hoaxes flooded the social media and the confused residents were worried about where to get the truth.

“There are massive amounts of COVID-19 information. Rasi FM has helped with sharing useful information and verify some unverified information,” Rochyana told Xinhua on Saturday.

Rasi FM has been creative in its approach. There was a moment when a Rasi FM presenter inserted COVID-19 facts between music intervals from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. local time. The presenter explained the basic things such as what COVID-19 is, how dangerous

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