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The Jakarta Post, Jakarta
The Indonesian media will commemorate World Press Freedom Day with a series of events from May 2-4 focusing on journalists’ safety.
The Bangkok-based Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) collaborated with the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) and the Indonesian Press Council to organize for Wednesday a half-day forum at the Santika Hotel.
Supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the forum will take the theme of “Press Freedom, Safety of Journalists and Impunity” to kick off the series of events. The AJI will organize a two-day workshop on defamation for Thursday and Friday.
World Press Freedom Day falls May 3.
The half-day forum will highlight the increasingly dangerous environments journalists are forced to work in, in which they can be sued, arrested, kidnapped, attacked and murdered. Journalists are also vulnerable to other physical threats and place themselves at risk during the coverage of disasters.
Speaking at the forum will be Jose Torres Jr. of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, Meutya Hafid of Jakarta-based Metro TV, Don Pathan of Bangkok-based The Nation daily, Rien Kuntari of Kompas daily and Redmond Batario of the International News Safety Institute (Southeast Asia).
There will also be a screening of Requiem, a movie examining the dangers journalists face in telling their stories, as well as the launch of a book titled Philippine Press Freedom Primer: Quick Answers to Your Questions.
Executive director of SEAPA Roby Alampay, UNESCO national professional officer Arya Goenawan and Indonesian Press Council chairman Ichlasul Amal will address the forum with opening remarks, while AJI president Heru Hendratmoko will deliver the closing speech.
The Southeast Asian Press Alliance is a Bangkok-based regional non-profit organization working to promote and defend press freedom and free expression in Southeast Asia. (07)
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