Charta Politika on Wednesday presented awards to seven people considered to be the most influential of the past year in the sphere of politics.
According to Luvie Triadi, Charta Politika’s director, the winners were chosen after the political research institute monitored six Indonesian newspapers and more than 10,000 articles to analyze how much they influenced the media in 2010.
Burhanuddin Muhtadi, a senior researcher from the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI), was awarded most influential political activist.
Alex Noerdin, the governor of South Sumatra, was awarded most covered regional chief for his role in securing the 26th SEA Games for the province.
Golkar Party’s Priyo Budi Santoso was recognized as the most noted politician from the ruling coalition for his comments on the Bank Century case.
Pramono Anung, from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), was awarded for his role as an opposition lawmaker in driving the discourse on the bill reviewing Yogyakarta’s special status.
Gamawan Fauzi, the minister of home affairs, was judged the most quoted minister, while Bibit Samad Rianto and Chandra Hamzah, deputies from the Corruption Eradication Commission, were recognized for the attention their extensive legal battles drew.
Former Vice President Jusuf Kalla received a lifetime achievement award for his contributions over the years to driving the political debate.
The former Golkar chairman said the relationship between politicians and the media was very much give and take.
“The media plays a big role in informing the government. I’ve never shied away from meeting journalists because they help put us in touch with the public so we can build trust,” he said.
This is the second time Charta Politika has staged the awards.