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Christian press and media can be understood in different ways. There are internal publications in the churches, directed to the community of the faithful. This chapter gives a short overview of the Protestant and Catholic press in Indonesia starting in the seventeenth century. It discusses the history of the Catholic publisher and printer Kanisius as an example, and also gives in comparison a short description of the biggest Protestant Publisher in Indonesia, BPK Gunung Mulia. The chapter provides some attention to an ecumenical project named Kokosia, a project that tried to make an inventory of the Christian activities in the field of communication in Indonesia between 1978 and 1986. It describes how the newspaper Kompas, started by Catholics in 1965 as a "daily newspaper" and as a "views paper", continues to the present to give a peaceful but also a critical contribution to the developments in Indonesian society.

Keywords: BPK Gunung Mulia; Catholic publisher; Christian media; Christian press; churches; Indonesia; Kanisius; Kokosia; Kompas



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