Representation of the Indonesia Government in Handling COVID-19 Case on Tempo Magazine Cover

  • Yulia Anggraeni Universitas Padjadjaran
  • Ypsi Soeria Soemantri Universitas Padjadjaran
  • Lia Maulia Indrayani Universitas Padjadjaran


The World Health Organization (WHO) officially announced the COVID-19 outbreak as a global pandemic. The efforts made by the government in handling this case are often discussed. Various media provide news about COVID-19. One of the media that provides news about the government's efforts in handling the COVID-19 is Tempo Magazine. In several editions, Tempo Magazine made COVID-19 topics as a magazine cover. The cover is the data in this study. This study aims to see how the Indonesian government is represented by Tempo Magazine in terms of handling COVID-19 using the action of signs theory by Charles Sanders Peirce. The results of this study are; (1) Tempo Magazine represents the government’s difficulty to face a pandemic and the coordination between the president and Minister of Health is not good. This makes people panic; (2) The Tempo Magazine sees that the government only makes a small effort in terms of fighting coronavirus in Indonesia and does not have good strategies to face it; (3) Tempo Magazine seems to doubt the new normal proclaimed by the government.


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Yulia Anggraeni, Universitas Padjadjaran

Universitas Padjadjaran


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How to Cite
ANGGRAENI, Yulia; SOEMANTRI, Ypsi Soeria; INDRAYANI, Lia Maulia. Representation of the Indonesia Government in Handling COVID-19 Case on Tempo Magazine Cover. e-Journal of Linguistics, [S.l.], v. 15, n. 1, p. 07-15, dec. 2020. ISSN 2442-7586. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 19 june 2021.