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Standard for the Protection of the Journalist's Profession

INDEPENDENCE states that thoughts and opinions are human rights that cannot be eliminated and must be respected. The Indonesian people have chosen and are determined to protect their freedom to express their thoughts and opinions in the 1945 Constitution. Freedom of the press is a manifestation of people's sovereignty and an important part of freedom to express thoughts and opinions.

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Journalists are the main pillar of press freedom. Therefore, in carrying out their professional duties, journalists have absolutely legal protection from the state, society and press companies. For this reason, the Standards for Professional Protection of Journalists are made:

  1. The protections stipulated in this standard are legal protection for journalists who comply with the journalistic code of ethics in carrying out their journalistic duties to fulfill the public's right to obtain information;

  2. In carrying out journalistic duties, journalists receive legal protection from the state, society and press companies. Journalistic duties include finding, obtaining, possessing, storing, processing, and conveying information through the mass media;

  3. In carrying out journalistic duties, journalists are protected from acts of violence, taking, confiscation and / or confiscation of work tools, and should not be obstructed or intimidated by any party;

  4. Journalistic work is protected from all forms of censorship;

  5. Journalists who are specially assigned to dangerous and / or conflict areas must be equipped with an assignment letter, safety equipment that meets the requirements, insurance, as well as the knowledge and skills of a press company related to their assignment interests;

  6. In journalistic assignments in areas of armed conflict, journalists who have shown their identity as journalists and do not use the identity of the conflicting parties, must be treated as neutral parties and given legal protection so that they are prohibited from being intimidated, held hostage, tortured, tortured, let alone killed

  7. In cases involving journalistic works, the press company is represented by the person in charge;

  8. In the testimony of cases involving journalistic works, the person in charge can only be asked about the news that has been published. Journalists can exercise their right to refuse to protect sources of information;

  9. The owners or management of press companies are prohibited from coercing journalists to create stories that violate the Journalistic Code of Ethics and / or applicable laws.

Jakarta, 25 April 2008

This standard was approved and signed by a number of press organizations, head of press companies, press figures, related institutions, and the Press Council in Jakarta, April 25, 2008. Before being passed, the draft of the Standard for Professional Protection of Journalists was discussed through a series of discussions held by the Press Council. The making of this standard is the implementation of the functions of the Press Council according to Article 15 paragraph (f) of Law No.40 / 1999 on the Press, namely "facilitating press organizations in drafting regulations in the press sector and improving the quality of the journalist profession"