Opini dan Berita

Sekarang semua bebas menulis di internet. Sebagaimana saya menulis di blog ini, ada juga yang menulis di blog yang dikelola oleh media tertentu semacam blogdetik atau kompasiana. Atau opini menyaru berita tesebut juga sering muncul di website partai atau kelompok tertentu. Sebagaimana tweet dari akun-akun gak jelas yang namanya mirip binatang juga kadang menyajikan informasi-informasi yang sebetulnya masih perlu dikunyah atau sebetulnya bisa langsung dibuang. Celakanya kadangkala ada banyak yang menganggap opini dalam blog tersebut sebagai berita yang isinya adalah kebenaran dan dishare di media sosial dan menyebar nggak karu-karuan.

Masyarakat Indonesia yang gumunan dan suka menggosip biasanya dengan bersemangat membagi informasi-informasi tersebut yang sayang sekali, belum tentu benar. Apalagi jika sudah menyangkut keyakinan atau kepentingan kelompoknya.

Sebagai contoh adalah “berita” yang berjudul “ISLAMIC CITY COUNCIL BANS FEMALE FLATULENCE IN INDONESIA” yang dalam  versi lain juga berjudul “Muslim women are not allowed to fart”.  “Berita” ini diposting di kompasiana oleh salah seorang kompasianer dan kemudian menyebar kemana-mana. Bahkan pada waktu itu saya mendapatkan sekurangnya lima “berita” tersebut yang tentu saja sudah ditambahi caci maki.

Isi “berita”-nya, perempuan dilarang kentut di salah satu kota di Aceh yang dipimpin Walikota Sayyid Yahia. Jika dilanggar maka akan dihukum cambuk 20 kali untuk kentut kecil dan 3 bulan penjara untuk kentut yang lebih besar.

Nah, sodara-sodara, berita itu ketika dirunut ternyata berasal dari situs wadiyan.com. Sila buka beritanya disini.  Atau saya copy-kan saja berita-nya disini:

ISLAMIC CITY COUNCIL BANS FEMALE FLATULENCE IN INDONESIA

 · MAR 8TH, 2013 · 38 COMMENTS

An Islamic city council in the Indonesian province of Aceh, which follows Sharia, has banned female citizens from passing gas.

Sayyid Yahia, mayor of the city, told media that a ban was needed, as farting does not go well with the Islamic values of modesty. “Muslim women are not allowed to fart with sound, it’s against Islamic teachings,” he said. Meanwhile, the Indonesian Feminists Association told local media they will attempt to block the smelly law as they deem it discriminatory.

Islamic city council ban women fart

Talking to The Wadiyan, mayor Sayyid Yahia said the law aims to save people’s morals and behaviors. “When you see woman fart loud, she appears like a man. But if she sit sideways and pass it quietly, she looks like a woman,” Sayyid said.

Although the proposed law does not ban “quiet fart,” passing gas with sound is actually not uncommon in Southeast Asia, particularly for women consuming potatoes and peas. Obviously, women maintain that they feel healthier, farting loud. Fathima Khan, a medical doctor at the Al Banni Islamic Hospital in Aceh’s capital is critical of the proposed law: “There is no need to question this practice, let alone regulate it, because people do it for their health and safety,” she said.

The mayor declined to give The Wadiyan details of what the punishment would be for violators. While another member at the City council, who wished not to be named, said if convicted by the sharia court, the offender could receive 20 lashes for small farts and up to 3 months prison time for larger ones.

On another note, the local Islamic scholars were mostly divided over the law. Well-known Muslim activists like Bshar Abdulla voiced his objection, “How to pass gas is not regulated in Sharia. There is no mention of it in the Koran,” he said on his Twitter account. However, “the Islamic tradition and the values of modesty does not support women farting loud,” said Mehmood Hussain, a scholar and stenchy supporter of the law.

Under the new regulation, the mayor says that only women in the public space are going to be monitored. “It will be the responsibility of the husband to make sure that his wife upholds Islamic values at home”. He also argued that there is no scientific evidence supporting health benefits of passing gas, in Koran.

The City council will be evaluating the regulation in a week, after which it could turn into a by-law.

Padahal “berita”yang diproduksi Wadiyan.com adalah berita-berita fiksi dan satire, sebagaimana ditulis di keterangan tentang situs tersebut (about):

“The Wadiyan is an online satire newspaper that publishes fictional news reports, articles and multimedia content with the intention of providing pure humour.

The contents of this website are © Copyright 2013 by THE WADIYAN and may not be reprinted or re-transmitted in whole or in part without the express written consent of the publisher. The Wadiyan is not intended for readers under 18 years of age.

The Wadiyan uses invented names in all its stories, except in cases where public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.

While public figures and real events may be referred to in our articles to convey satire, the ‘quotes’ attributed to the ‘sources’ in our articles are fake, as is the context described around these personalities or events. Similarly, ’quotes’ presented as “Pseudo-quotes”are not real quotes. The multimedia content (images, video, audio) that form part of the articles and the implied context are works of fiction as well.”

Jadi hati-hati ya untuk mempercayai dan men-share  sebuah berita, selalu lakukan check and recheck. Sebetulnya banyak juga contoh hoax yang lain yang disebarkan entah sebagai pemanas situasi (dalam situasi-situasi konflik) atau iseng-iseng belaka. Misalnya foto-foto hasil sotosop yang menggambarkan situasi konflik dan korban-korban di beberapa negara timur tengah.

Jadi be smart ya. Jangan sampai smartphone and lebih pinter dari pemakainya 🙂

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