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Jakarta Post

Journalist groups condemn ‘malicious’ attempt to discredit media

  • Rizki Fachriansyah and Alya Nurbaiti


Jakarta   /   Thu, July 16 2020   /  01:00 am
Press freedom illustration(Shutterstock/File)

Two journalist associations have reacted strongly to attempts to discredit the Indonesian media following recent revelations about a list of journalists on a number of overseas trips accompanying then maritime affairs and fisheries minister Susi Pudjiastuti. In a written statement issued on Monday, Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI) supervisory board chairman Ilham Bintang clarified that the image merely showed a list of journalists who were invited to cover Susi’s official visit to a number of countries, and that in no instances did reprehensible practices take place. “There’s an irresponsible party who framed the list as something that it is not. It’s [framed] as if the [accommodation] budget paid for by the government was a form of bribery,” Ilham stated. “It’s a malicious assumption. It harasses and discredits journalists&rsquo...