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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.