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August 1, 2010

History of the Press in Flores

Indonesia is a country that hosts the largest Muslim population in the world. But it has a strong Christian presence on its eastern area, living in sparsely populated islands like Flores, Rote, Timor, Papua, the Malukus, central and north Sulawesi as well as smaller islands like Tanimbar, Kei, Dobo etc.

Chief editor of the Flores Pos in Ende

Indonesia’s most important island is Java where around 65 percent of Indonesia’s total population of 220 million live. Java’s landmass, however, accounts for about six percent of the total land areas, putting the issues of population the most crucial agenda in Indonesia.

Flores is a predominantly Catholic area. Around 95 percent of its 2.5 million population are Catholics. The most influential Catholic organization in Flores is the Societas Verbi Divini (SVD). In 1912, SVD established office in Ende, a small town in central Flores, to start doing evangelical works initiated earlier by Jesuit and Dominican priests since the 17th century in eastern Flores and Timor Island.

SVD runs not only churches but also schools, farms and publications. It currently has a book publishing company, PT Arnoldus Nusa Indah, as well as the Flores Pos daily, the Dian weekly tabloid and the Kunang-kunang children magazine. PT Arnoldus' office is located on El Tari Street in Ende, sharing a single compound with the Flores Pos daily, the Dian weekly and the children magazine. It also has some meeting rooms and a hall for a bigger event.


In 1925, four years after securing its office in Ende, SVD published the Bintang Timur monthly magazine. Unpaid subscription, however, prompted the SVD to close this magazine in 1937. It is very likely that Indonesia nationalist leader Soekarno, who was exiled in Ende in the early 1930s by the Netherlands Indies administration, also subscribed to Bintang Timur. Soekarno befriended some SVD priests in Ende.

In 1948, SVD published Bentara bi-weekly and its insert Anak Bentara children magazine. Bentara became quite popular, supporting SVD’s education programs and schools, making the circulation to peak at around 35,000 copies. Financial difficulties again prompted SVD to close the bi-weekly in 1958.

In 1973, SVD made a new magazine, publishing the Dian bi-weekly and Kunang-kunang children monthly magazine. Kunang-kunang was pretty famous not only in Flores but also in many parts of Indonesia, including Java. In 1987, Dian became a weekly tabloid.

In the 1980s, Indonesia started to see the emergence of Java-based media conglomerates such as the Kompas Gramedia Group, the Tempo Jawa Pos group and the television industries. An unexpected result of the SVD’s media works is that Flores has produced many journalists, prompting the Flores-educated journalists and editors to work in the emerging media networks. Today the number of Flores journalists working in Java is bigger than those working in their homeland.

Flores Pos

Indonesian From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The first daily newspaper on the island of Flores, was founded on September 9, 1999 by Societas Verbi Divini community [SVD]. Its founders, among others, Father Henri Daros SVD, Fr John Dami Mukese SVD, Fr Frans Ndoi SVD, and G. Valens Doy [Kompas journalist, the late].
Flores Pos priority to local issues in Flores and East Nusa Tenggara in general. Oplahnya Although still small, around 3,500 copies per day, Flores Pos is known to the public and public officials in the province. In fact, this newspaper attracted many researchers of the press in Indonesia.
Flores Post is a news portal specialized in providing access to information for all communities in NTT. Information or news that is presented includes any information about NTT, be it the reality of life is also the prospect of development of NTT in various sectors.
Post Flores presence could at least be a strategic medium for community interaction through which every society in which NTT NTT could contribute thoughts or concepts or solutions for the development of NTT. Post Flores is expected to become a strategic partner for local media. In this partnership, Flores Post tries to present the news of national scope (remember peliputannya events in Jakarta, except in Kupang) for a consumption dirpoyeksikan news for local media.
Instead, Flores Post also obtained a local news of interest from local media. In the end all we hope, the presence of each media information for NTT, including Flores Post, really driven by the noble spirit that is directing people NTT towards a more open society, more critical, more responsive, and more united
General Flores Pos daily, published in Ende Flores had already spread its wings to the capital Jakarta: Flores Jakarta Post Edition. Sunday, at the Church of BHK Prosperity, I get the Flores Pos daily question. Price gope aka USD 5 thousand. 16 pages thick. Tabloid size. Model Newspapers. Black-White. And interestingly, printed by Scholastic Printing. Editorial and circulation (I think) join together weekly LIFE magazine. LIFE is a magazine for Catholics. Because obedient to the Circulation LIFE, then the FP will be in every church. Although published every Wednesday, but many residents who are in JABODETABEK Flores bought this newspaper on every Saturday and / or Minggu.Isinya diverse. Starting from the Main report. Until news of Nagi selutuh district in Flores. Starting from Mabar, Manggarai, Ngada, Nagekeo, Ende, Sikka, Flotim and Lembata. Yesterday I get a Number introductions Edition "Official Ngada Cleft". The contents of the official formation of Kabupaten Nagekeo. I also buy the latest edition entitled "The House of NTT." It turned out that NTT had a "home" is also in Jakarta. Kirain as one of the poorest province in Indonesia, NTT did not have enough money to build just a Liaison Office. As a former reporter at Ende FP, I just "entertained". If you want your subscription can also, given a bonus of 10 editions, if berlanggannan 1 year (52 edition). But, I think about it. It could be the trigger already pay a year, even his newspaper published just half a year. Kecian deh me. hehehe. Well, the residents of Flores in the Greater Jakarta area, please contact the circulation of the FP to get the latest news (although the newer-newer ga really does) from Deep in Mato Kampuang Nan. Circulation in Jakarta Address: Jl.Katedral No. 5 Central Jakarta, email:, portal: (Spell Nando)
Monitor Press Release: Final Report Daily Capacity Flores Pos
Monitor in collaboration with NTT-LED Swisscontact make the program Daily Capacity Flores Pos. The program lasts for one year, starting from November 2006 to October 2007, includes assistance to marketing, editorial, and design.
The program aims to increase capacity in the case of Flores Pos editorial, sales and marketing, distribution, advertising and design for newspapers to be more 'friendly' to readers. The goal, helping the Flores Pos is more ready to welcome the arrival of large media groups in Flores. Brand image is certainly more difficult to beat if the Flores Pos strong in the minds of readers.
Increasing the capacity of the Flores Pos is done through a series of assessment activities, direct mentoring, training, and evaluation.