The Press Council and the National Police have signed a Cooperation Agreement (PKS) on the protection of press freedom and law enforcement regarding the abuse of the journalistic profession.
This first PKS is a derivative of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of the Press Council – Polri aimed at minimizing the criminalization of journalistic work, as indicated in letters Number: 03/DP/MoU/III/2022 and Number: NK/ 4/III/2022.
The PKS was signed by the head of the Law and Legislation Commission of the Press Council Arif Zulkifli as well as the head of the Investigation and Criminal Agency at the National Police Headquarters or Kabareskrim Komjen Agus Andrianto at the headquarters National Police, Jalan Trunojoyo, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, Thursday (10/11).
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Arif Zulkifli explained that the PKS is a guideline for the Press Council and the National Police in the technical implementation of the protection of freedom of the press and law enforcement against abuses of the profession of journalism. Thus, journalists are no longer reported to the police using regulations other than the Press Law No. 40 of 1999.
“With the signing of the PKS, it is hoped that there will be no further criminalization of journalists when they experience conflict in reporting,” said Arif Zulkifli.
One of the PKS states that if the National Police receives reports from the public regarding news coverage, they should coordinate with the Press Council, to determine whether what is being reported falls into the category of journalistic work. /press products or not.
If the results of the coordination decide that the report is a journalistic work, the settlement will be made through the mechanism of the right of reply and the right of correction or by submitting the completion of the report to the Press Council.
“Disputes over the reports can only be resolved by Law No. 40 of 1999 regarding the press recommended by the Press Council,” Arif said.
Then, if the coordination of the two parties decides that the public report is included in the category of abuse of the profession of journalist outside the corridors of the press law and the code of journalistic ethics (KEJ), the national police will ensure the follow-up through legal proceedings in accordance with legal provisions. (RO/OL-1)