Officially Becoming a Constituent of the Press Council, AMSI Strengthens Digital Journalism

AMSI officially becomes a constituent of the Press Council through the Press Council Decree Number 21 / SK-DP / V / 2020.

Indonesian Cyber ​​Media Association (AMSI) officially becomes a constituent of the Press Council. This stipulation was set forth in the Press Council Decree Number 21 / SK-DP / V / 2020 concerning the Verification Results of the Organization of the Press Company of the Indonesian Cyber ​​Media Association (AMSI) in 2020 signed by Press Council Chairman Muhammad Nuh and published on May 29, 2020.The Press Council stated that AMSI had met the company’s organizational standards according to Press Council Decree Number 03 / Regulation-DP / III / 2008. AMSI registered as a constituent of the Press Council on August 27, 2018.

AMSI Chairperson, Wenseslaus Manggut, emphasized that AMSI has a mission to strengthen a quality journalism ecosystem. AMSI is ready to become a bodyguard to maintain the quality of journalism in the digital age.”From the beginning, the existence of AMSI was aimed at maintaining the quality of journalism in the digital age and ensuring the sustainability of the local cyber media business model in various regions,” Wens said.The Chairperson of the AMSI Supervisory and Advisory Board, Sapto Anggoro, added that as a constituent of the Press Council, it provided an opportunity for AMSI to apply the discipline of journalism in the cyber world.

“By becoming a constituent of the Press Council, AMSI can help enforce journalistic code of ethics in various digital media,” said Sapto.AMSI was officially established on April 18, 2017 marked by the declaration of the leaders of online media editors in the Press Council. After the declaration, on August 22, 2017 the first congress was held to ratify the Statutes, Bylaws and determine the Chairperson, Chairperson of the Supervisory Board and Organizational Advisors.On 5 May 2018, AMSI collaborated with the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), the Indonesian Anti-Defamation Society (Mafindo), Internews and Google News Initiative to hold the Trusted Media Summit at the Gran Melia Hotel, Jakarta.

Conference gave birth to the collaboration of which is the largest fact-checking cooperation program in Indonesia to ward off hoaks and misinformation.Every year, AMSI holds a Digital Media Conference to discuss the latest developments in digital media technology. The first grand meeting was held on March 1, 2019 at the Jakarta National Library, followed by the second conference on November 27, 2019 at the Jakarta Theater.Each conference involves hundreds of digital media, technology companies, government officials and various other stakeholders.AMSI has management in 19 provinces with a total membership of 317 cyber media. Most members are local media founded by seasoned journalists with qualified idealism and competence.

Almost all mainstream online media based in Jakarta are also members and founders of AMSI.This year, AMSI will launch a program to strengthen the capacity of local digital media, especially in terms of multimedia content production and improvement of relations with the community (engagement). It will also expand the program in collaboration with AJI and Mafindo, in preparation for monitoring simultaneous local elections in December.In addition, in anticipation of reduced media income due to the Covid-19 pandemic, AMSI encourages its cyber media members to receive grants from various donor agencies and global technology companies. To date, dozens of online media members of AMSI in various regions have been announced as grant recipients from Internews and the Google News Initiative.

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AMSI Urges News Dispute Through the Press Council, Not Digital Intimidation

Indonesian Cyber ​​Media Association (AMSI) encourages people to resolve news disputes through the Press Council. AMSI strongly criticized the steps for cyber-intimidation and intimidation (especially the practice of doxing or disclosing personal information) by buzzers and citizens who have the potential to undermine press freedom and democracy in this country.In its written statement, AMSI urged the public to use the mechanism stipulated in Law Number 40 of 1999 concerning the Press by filing an objection to a report to the editor to obtain the right of reply.”If it is deemed unsatisfactory, citizens can complain to the Press Council to find a solution through mediation. In accordance with applicable laws and regulations,” said AMSI Chairperson, Wenseslaus Manggut.Wens asserted that the right of reply was a legal dispute resolution mechanism.

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Officially Becoming a Constituent of the Press Council, AMSI Strengthens Digital Journalism

This mechanism must be respected in order to maintain media independence and press freedom.”Without a free press and quality journalism, information circulating in the community will be easily driven by certain parties with various political and economic interests,” Wens said.In addition to appealing to use mediation channels for government officials and all citizens, AMSI also urges law enforcement officials to investigate criminal allegations in the form of cyber violence and death threats against journalists. “Until the culprit is tried in court,” he said.This pressure arose regarding the case of digital intimidation experienced by online media journalist Detikcom who wrote the news about President Joko Widodo. Since Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the journalist has experienced intimidation, doxing, terror, to death threats.

This case originated from the news of Detikcom regarding President Jokowi’s plan to open a mall in Bekasi. The news was based on the statement of the Head of the Public Relations Subdivision of the Bekasi Regional Secretariat.Later, the news was corrected after a correction from the Head of Public Relations of the Bekasi City Government. In the trial it was mentioned that Jokowi only reviewed public facilities in preparation for implementing the new normal .After the correction news was published, the journalist who made the news experienced digital violence, ranging from the dismantling and distribution of personal identities, telephone numbers to home addresses. Digital footprint was revealed and received death threats through WhatsApp. (Legitimate)

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AMSI Reminds Journalists To Put Safety First When Covering Corona Outbreaks

World Health Organization (WHO) and the Task Force for the Acceleration of Handling COVID-19 emphasize that the speed of transmission of the COVID-19 outbreak can be reduced by adjusting the distance when meeting other people (social and physical distancing). The distance protection policy is realized through the policies of working from home, studying at home and worshiping at home.In addition, anyone is strictly prohibited from creating a crowd, especially without regard to distance.”However, it is unfortunate that not all government agencies and public institutions have carried out this order, especially in connection with events involving journalists,” said Chairman of the Indonesian Siber Media Media Association, Wenseslaus Manggut, in Jakarta, quoted from a written statement, Saturday 28 March 2020.

Wensleslaus asked the reporting team such as journalists, photographers and videographers to consider attending press conferences that could potentially invite a crowd.If this presence is unavoidable, the coverage team is expected to always maintain a safe distance at the location of the press conference or public activities in accordance with World Health Organization (WHO) regulations.”AMSI reminds that every media company is obliged to ensure the safety and health of every journalist in the field,” he said.

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