IFJ Backs Call for Higher Standards for Journalists in Indonesia

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins with affiliate the Alliance of

Independent Journalists (AJI) in calling for better professional standards

among Indonesia’s

press corps, in order to combat ongoing issues of corruption in the country.

 

Muhammad Rudi Hartono, chairman of the Surabaya chapter of AJI,

told the Jakarta Globe newspaper on June 30 that the rapid growth of

media outlets since the downfall of former President Suharto had given rise to

problems.

 

“What press freedom essentially did was make it

easier for people to get into the mass media business, which meant there was a

lot more reporting on issues like corruption,” he said at a corruption

reporting workshop for journalists in Bojonegoro, East

Java, on June 29.

 

Hartono was speaking as part of the ongoing AJI

campaign against corruption, which focuses particularly on questionable

practices that persist in some parts of the media. AJI is collaborating with

the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to conduct several workshops for

journalists across Indonesia

on investigating corruption.

 

The problem arises from the lack of

objectiveness amongst many new media outlets when reporting on corruption, many

of which had corporate or political interests in reporting on certain cases or

ignoring others, Hartono said in the report.

 

“Some journalists in Indonesia continue to engage in

questionable practices, such as accepting payments from interest groups or

individuals,” IFJ Asia-Pacific

Director Jacqueline Park said.

 

“These practices are often fuelled by low wages

and inferior working conditions that are experienced by the majority of Indonesia’s

journalists and media personnel.

 

“Media companies must work with journalists to

improve wages and conditions to alleviate the pressure and allow journalists to

independently report the news without fear or favour.”

 

The IFJ applauds the ongoing AJI campaign

against corruption in Indonesia.

 

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +61 2 9333 0919

 

The IFJ

represents more than 600,000 journalists in 131 countries

 

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