According to Indonesia's Alliance of Independent Journalists
president Eko Maryadi, the KPK has arrested more than 450 politicians, businessmen, police generals, military officers, and Cabinet ministers.
Late last year, the Alliance of Independent Journalists
launched a mobile app and website called MataMassa (which means "the eyes of the crowd") through which journalists and netizens can report election violations, including owners' interventions in newsrooms.
The groups attended a two-day forum titled "Advancing Democracy in Asia: Challenges and Ways Forward", jointly organized by Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the Alliance of Independent Journalists
The mission team comprises representatives from leading journalists rights and press freedom organisations including the IFJ, the Southeast Asia Press Alliance (SEAPA), the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Indonesias Alliance of Independent Journalists
(AJI), Australias Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance, the Thai Journalists Association (TJA), International News Safety Institute (INSI), International Media Support (IMS), the Institute for Studies on the Free Flow of Information (ISAI) and Union Network International (UNI).
The Alliance of Independent Journalists
said the blockade amounted to censorship, comparing it to "destroying a restaurant to kill a fly," while the Jakarta Post in an editorial Friday called it "dumb and dangerous."
He helped set up Jakarta's Alliance of Independent Journalists
, the Institute for the Studies on Free Flow of Information and the Bangkok-based Southeast Asia Press Alliance.
Lukas Luwarso, chairman of Indonesia's Alliance of Independent Journalists
, said journalists are also demanding that the licensing system be revoked.
That summer, Rosemary Dady worked with LBH Institute lawyers defending a group of anti-censorship reporters and editors who had formed the Alliance of Independent Journalists
. In March 1995, three members were arrested for violating Indonesian "Hate Sowing" laws.
The fallen government refused to recognize the Alliance of Independent Journalists
(AJI), founded after the government banned the DeTIK, Tempo and Editor weeklies.
Indonesian journalists had reacted to the ban by creating the Alliance of Independent Journalists
, as an alternative to the government-sanctioned union.
Some reporters, enraged by the Journalists Association's acquiescence to the government's decision to ban Tempo, set up a new grouping, the Alliance of Independent Journalists
, known as AJI.