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 defend freedom of the press, freedom of expression, and freedom of information. They also aim to 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 journalists 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.
Promoting Anti-Corruption in the Health and Education Sectors through Investigative Journalism
Media play important role in making public procurement more transparent and accountable, yet a 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 work to develop a network consisting of 12 local investigative and citizen journalists from Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang, Bojonegoro, Mataram, and Makassar. The network of investigative journalists report on corruption in public procurement particularly in health and education sectors, and investigate on citizen journalist reports. AJI Jakarta also facilitates a fellowship program to encourage young journalists to improve data driven reporting/investigation in their work. The project also aims to increase public awareness on the topic of corruption in health and education sectors and the importance of public participation in prevention of it.