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RI Press Council to help its new counterpart in Timor Leste

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 10 2016   /  08:56 am

The Indonesian Press Council has agreed to help the Timor Leste Press Council build up its newly created institution. The two bodies signed a cooperation agreement in Jakarta on Monday.

Virgilio da Silva Guterres, president of the council, told The Jakarta Post that an agreement signed with Indonesia’s Press Council last week would help strengthen the new council by, among other things, assisting in the formulation of complaint and mediation mechanisms.

“We hope the Indonesian Press Council can help us, as a new institution, in creating policies,” Guterres said. The Timor Leste Press Council members were appointed by parliament in March, with Guterres as their leader. Guterres previously led the Radio and Television of Timor Leste (RTTL).

Following a referendum in 1999, the former Indonesian province became independent in 2002.

Guterres said the press c...