Aliansi Jurnalis Independen

AJI’S New Leaders to Prioritise Journalism Training and Labour Standards
October 1, 2005, 7:01 pm
Filed under: Press Release

The Alliance of Independent Journalists (Aliansi Jurnalis Independen, AJI) has elected two new leaders, who say they will make journalism training and labour standards a priority for the Indonesian press-freedom organisation.

At its fifth congress in Bogor, Indonesia, last month, a majority of members chose Eddy Soeprapto and Nezar Patria as president and secretary general, respectively. Succeeding Ati Nurbaiti and Solahuddin, they will take up office for two years. Their terms end in 2005.

Soeprapto says press freedom in Indonesia is now threatened on two fronts – by political leaders who dislike press freedom, and by a lack of professionalism in the media itself. A managing editor of investigations for “Kontan,” a business weekly, Soeprapto says AJI’s priority for the next two years is to defend press freedom by improving journalism standards. He stresses that this can only be achieved with the cooperation of other groups, adding that there is a need for better training and education.

Nezar Patria, an investigative journalist at Indonesia’s “Tempo” magazine, says AJI will also continue its work in union-organising for media workers. “Welfare among journalists is still a big problem,” says Nezar.

For more information, contact Lensi Mursida, AJI: Jalan LAN I No. 12A, Pejompongan, Jakarta 10210, Indonesia; Tel: +62 21 5711 044; Fax: + 62 21 5711 063; Email:,

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