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Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Jakarta

The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Jakarta was established in 1994 by 58 journalists and columnists after the New Order regime banned Tempo, Detik, and Editor magazines. AJI Jakarta aims to (1) defend freedom of the press, freedom of expressions, and freedom of information, (2) improve professionalism in journalism and maintain the highest standards of journalistic ethics, and (3) increase the journalists’ bargaining positions in regard of welfare fulfillment by establishing a union of journalists. AJI Jakarta is one of the first journalist organizations to establish a legal aid institute to defend journalists and media from legal actions against them and to encourage the journalist to create a union in the media company they work at. AJI Jakarta now has 417 members consists of journalists, columnists, and bloggers residing in Jakarta.

Media plays important role in making public procurement more transparent and accountable, yet lack of understanding on open contracting makes journalists and the media rarely reveal corruption cases in procurement. Hivos and Alliance of Independent Journalist (AJI) Jakarta will work to develop a network consists of 12 local investigative and citizen journalists from Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang, Bojonegoro, Mataram, and Makassar. The network of investigative journalists will report on corruption in public procurement particularly in health and education sectors, and investigate on citizen journalist reports. AJI Jakarta will also facilitate fellowship program to encourage young journalists to improve data driven reporting/investigation in their work. This work will contribute to SPEAK’s Specific Objectives 2. Improve accountability of public procurement and public services through community-based monitoring. The project also aims to increase public awareness of preventing corruption in health and education sectors and the importance of public participation in corruption prevention and its supervision.