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Compared to some Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos, Indonesia has the highest ranking in terms of democracy. The strength of community pressure in influencing the government in taking a powerful policy and press control and the number of NGOs in Indonesia are some of the best indicators of achievement of democracy in Southeast Asia. So says Dr. Patric Ziegennhair as a speaker in Studium Generale event with the theme “The Role of Civil Society in Democratization in South East Asian Countries”, organized by Sociology University of Atma Jaya Yogyakarta (UAJY), on Wednesday (23/2/2016) at the college student lounge building 2 UAJY. Patric is a lecturer at Frankfrut School and a researcher doing research in Southeast Asia on the role of civil society in democracy and development.

Still, according to Patric, in Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Vietnam and Laos the power of civil society is still always defeated by the state power, some NGOs who try to oppose also be removed. Meanwhile, the power of the press as a controlling government policy is all closely monitored by the government so as not to create a climate of press freedom needed as a prerequisite of a democratic state.

UAJY Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta (UAJY) adalah lembaga pendidikan tinggi swasta yang didirikan oleh kaum awam Katolik dan dikelola oleh Yayasan Slamet Rijadi - Yogyakarta, di bawah lindungan Santo Albertus Magnus. Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta lahir pada tanggal 27 September 1965, dengan tujuan untuk ikut serta mencerdaskan kehidupan bangsa melalui pendidikan yang berdimensi serta berorientasi global.
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