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Jakarta Post

Journos face COVID-19, pay cuts, layoffs

  • Alya Nurbaiti


Jakarta   /   Fri, October 30 2020   /  01:00 am
Enough is enough: Thousands of workers demonstrate in front of the House of Representatives in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Tuesday. They rejected the omnibus bill on job creation and called for an end to mass layoff s during the COVID-19 pandemic.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

In the eight months since the first announcement of COVID-19 outbreak in the country, the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) has received a number of reports of media companies that have cut wages, delayed salary payments and laid off employees, citing COVID-19 as the reason for the need to cut costs. The union has also found that many journalists have been infected with the coronavirus in the course of their work. From March to September, at least 242 journalists tested positive for COVID-19, according to AJI data. “Journalists should have received protection from the media outlet they work for instead of being deprived of their rights,” AJI secretary-general Revolusi Riza said in a written statement on Monday. Indeed, the AJI said that journalists were among the most vulnerable workers during the pandemic. AJI Surabaya recorded in August that a number of ...