Freedom of opinion, expression and the press are human rights protected by the Pancasila, the 1945 Constitution and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Freedom of the press is a public means of obtaining information and communicating, in order to fulfill basic needs and improve the quality of human life.
In realizing this freedom of the press, Indonesian journalists are also aware of the existence of the nation’s interests, social responsibility, societal diversity, and religious norms.
In carrying out its functions, rights, obligations and roles, the press respects the human rights of everyone, therefore the press is required to be professional and open to be controlled by the public.
To guarantee press freedom and fulfill the public’s right to obtain correct information, Indonesian journalists need a moral and professional ethical foundation as operational guidelines in maintaining public trust and upholding integrity and professionalism.