Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Press Council was asked to investigate media hostage reporting hostage taking in Papua

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The Press Council was asked to investigate media hostage reporting hostage taking in Papua
Rabu, 15 November 2017 — 19:58
Papua No. 1 News Portal | Jubi,

Ilustrasi - Dok. Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi - Around 80 civil society organizations and individuals actively engaged in labor movements, farmers, students, students, intellectuals, youth, religious groups, journalists, freedom of expression activists, public lawyers, literacy activists and art community urged the Press Council to investigate alleged violations of ethics by a number of mass media and journalists in the news about the recent conflicts in Papua.

Civil Society Organizations and Individuals who joined the Gema Demokrasi (GEDOR) through the release received editorial Jubi, Wednesday (15/11/2017) said since the circulation of information took place around 1,300 villagers Kimbely and Banti Village by armed groups (KKB) Mimika Police Chief AKBP Victor Dean Mackbon interviewed by journalist on November 9, 2017, has clarified that there is actually no hostage against the villagers of Kimbely and Banti.

"We see that a number of major media such as television, online / digital, and print still often declare the event is a hostage," said Ade Wahyudin of LBH Press in the press release.

He continued, the hostage phrase used by some of the media against the above events is excessive and can lead to new conflicts. The word meaning of hostage taking, according to KBBI is an act of captivating people to be guaranteed.

"The fact is as revealed by Police Chief Mimika and Public Relations Papua Police that there is no hostage and people can still move," said Ade.

Through the release also, SafeNet activist Damar Juniarto expects the media to learn what happened to East Timor as stated by Chairman of the Press Council, Stanley Adi Prasetyo in a discussion on press freedom in Papua, that "closing information is similar to sweeping dust into the carpet. At that time, the government's control over the media was very strong. No one media dared to bring down the news related to the facts that actually happened in the 27th province of Indonesia at that time.

"Even if there is coverage, yes, when officials come to the capital Dili and can be a festive reception complete with dances. Everyone was surprised to learn that the people of East Timor chose independence when offered special autonomy, "said Damar.

Damar added that the media and journalists should now immediately have a new awareness that the new press freedom of this corn age should be treated together. This freedom of the press also belongs to all the people of Indonesia, and it can take place only by delivering news that is completely independent and adheres to journalistic ethics standards.

"We urge the Press Council to investigate the violation of the journalistic code of ethics perpetrated by a number of media while reporting on the recent condition of Papua by following up the complaint letter that will be sent by Gema Demokrasi," Damar continued.

Separately, Press Council specialists in Papua and West Papua, Victor Mambor, said that the conflict about Papua has not changed, often violating journalism ethics. One is not testing the information obtained.

"Information from the security apparatus without being tested is true, instantly made into news. This is not true in making a story, especially if it is related to the conflict, "Mambor said.

According to him, should the news about Papua is better now, because more and more journalists in Indonesia, especially in Papua who passed the competence test of journalists / journalists.

"It must be admitted that accessing resources other than the security apparatus is very difficult. But it has become the duty of journalists to meet the standards of news that made for the credibility of the media awake, "added the former Chairman of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Jayapura this city.

In addition to requesting the Press Council to investigate ethical violations committed by a number of mass media, GEDOR also urges the media not to use hostage phrases and must present factual, accurate and balanced news, and not just rely on a single source.

The GEDOR also urged the security forces, both the Police and the TNI to put forward a persuasive effort so that no casualties would fall due to this event, and stop disseminating information that did not match the facts. (*)

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