Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins with affiliate the Alliance of
Independent Journalists (AJI) in calling for better professional standards
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
“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.
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