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BAPPENAS 
 PRESS RELEASE

AWARDS CEREMONY FOR
THE 2009 JOURNALISM AWARDS ON ACCESS TO JUSTICE

 “Promoting the Human Rights of Poor People: Dignity and Empowerment”

Jakarta, 22 May 2009 – The National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) issued today a call for recognition of the crucial role played by the media in promoting poor people’s access to justice.

Speaking at the 2009 Journalism Awards on Access to Justice hosted today by BAPPENAS and the UNDP, Minister Paskah Suzetta and Mr. El-Mostafa Benlamlih, United Nations Resident Coordinator/ UNDP Resident Representative jointly emphasised the power and potential of the media to monitor and influence implementation of policies in fulfilling and protecting people’s basic rights.

“I hope this will not end when the winners are announced tonight. Rather, journalists should keep reporting these issues through the respective print or electronic media in their respective areas of expertise,” said Minister Paskah.

The Journalism Awards were established to recognise and promote excellence in media reporting of the challenges that poor and marginalised people face in accessing justice.  Their stories illustrate how access to justice can contribute to poverty alleviation through empowering people with legal knowledge and assistance to improve their lives and protect their dignity. The Journalism Awards aim to encourage the media to report and capture the challenges as well as progress in upholding all people’s basic entitlements as guaranteed by the 1945 Indonesian Constitution and the principles of the 1948 Universal Declaration of the Human Rights.

At the ceremony, outstanding achievements were recognized in four categories of journalism: Articles, Photography, Radio Features and TV Features. This event is part of series of activities in the lead-up to the launch of Indonesia’s National Strategy on Access to Justice, which aims to provide the framework for inclusive policies and regulations that advance the rights of poor and marginalised people seeking nondiscriminatory access to social services, protection of rights to land and natural resources, labour rights protection, gender justice, children’s protection, and other legal aid services.

“We believe the National Strategy will, if implemented to its fullest, transform the lives of poor and disadvantaged people across Indonesia,” said El-Mostafa. ““And the media’s commitment to reporting on access to justice can help make it a reality for those people whose lives are lived on the margins, often out of sight,” he added.

More than 140 entries from national and local media across Indonesia were submitted to the competition and shortlisted before being reviewed by a jury of eminent figures from the fields of human rights and journalism. The winner of each category was decided by the jury based on criteria that includes contributing to a better understanding of poverty issues in Indonesia through the human rights lens and the originality and persuasiveness of the story.

For further information about the event, please contact:  

  • Mr. Regi Wahono (regi.wahono@undp.org), Communications Officer, Human Rights, Legal and Justice Sector Reform, UNDP; mobile: 08179900712
  • Ms. Yunety Tarigan (yunety.tarigan@undp.org), Strategy Development Facilitator Assistant, LEAD Project, UNDP; mobile: 0811-1550210
     

Fast Facts

The jury of the Journalism Awards of Access to Justice was a mix of eminent figures in human rights and media. It consists of:

  1. Professor Harkristuti Harkrisnowo, Director General of Human Rights, Department of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia;
  2. Professor Ichlasul Amal, Chair of the Indonesian Journalist Committee (Dewan Pers Indonesia) and Former Rector of Gadjah Mada University;
  3. Mrs. Erna Witoelar, Former UN Special Ambassador for MDGs in Asia Pacific and Commissioner of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor (CLEP); and
  4. Mr. Atmakusumah Astraatmadja, Former Chief of the Indonesian Journalist Committee and Senior Journalist.

The nominees of the Article category are:


No.

Name

Media

Title

1

Ahmad Arif

Kompas Newspaper

Dijual ke Malaysia (Sold in Malaysia)

2

Agung Kuncahya

Jurnal Nasional Newspaper

Orang Rimba Rombong Terab (Rombong Terab Forest People)

3

Bagus Suryo

Media Indonesia (Malang Branch)

Tekad Yusuf bersekolah terganjal pungli Rp. 5juta (Yusuf’s determination hindered by 5 million rupiah illegal levy)

4

Granita

Hukumonline.com

Hak-hak Napi masih sulit (Convicts’ rights still hard to claim)

5

Iis Zatnika

Media Indonesia Newspaper

Agar antrean itu tidak makin panjang (So that queue doesn’t get long)

6

Imam

Hukumonline.com

Perjuangan pegawai RSPP terganjal biaya aanmaning (RSPP’s staff lawsuit hindered by “aanmaning” cost)

7

Imam

Hukumonline.com

PHI tak lagi dipercaya (the Industrial Relationships Court is no longer trustable)

8

M. Nizar Abdurrani

Kabar Indonesia (online)

Pegang tongkat perjuangkan keadilan (despite of dependency on cane, keep fight for justice)

The nominees of the Photography category are:


No.

Name

Media

Title

1

Afriadi Hikmal

The Jakarta Globe

Fashion victims

2

Afriadi Hikmal

The Jakarta Globe

Tuna Ganda (Double disability)

3

Agus Susanto

Kompas Newspaper

Menikmati air tanah (Enjoying land water)

4

Dimas Aryo

Koran Tempo Newspaper

Pemulung di kolong jembatan Manggarai (Scavengers live under the Manggarai bridge)

5

Danunjoyo Kusumo

Jurnal Nasional Newspaper

Matinya pedagang pasar tradisional (The end of traditional market traders)

6

Fery Pradolo

Indopos Newspaper

Sedih (Sad)

7

Muradi

Kontan Newspaper

Penduduk Miskin Indonesia (Poor people in Indonesia)

8

Muradi

Kontan Newspaper

Air bersih (Clean water)

9

Rosa Panggabean

Antara Photo Newswire

Yang tersisa (The leftover)

10

Totok Wijayanto

Kompas Newspaper

Menunggu pembeli (Waiting for buyer)

The nominees of the Radio Features category are:


No

Name

Media

Title

1

Noni Arni

Citra FM, Kendal

Cerita dari tenaga kerja Indonesia (A story of Indonesian labour)

2

Nanda Hidayat

KBR 68h

Boca penjaja suara (Street singer kids)

3

Laban Abraham (Reporter)

KBR 68h

Sekolah Perempuan Ciliwung (Ciliwung school for women)

4

Dede Riyani (Reporter)

KBR 68h

Perkampungan kusta (Leprosy village)

5

M. Taufik Budi Wijaya

KBR 68h

Potret buram rumah sakit rujukan nasional – RSCM (The dark side of a national referenced hospital – RSCM)

6

M. Didin Wahidin

Smart FM, Jakarta

Berjuang demi tanah moyang (Fight for inherited lands)

7

Vivi Zabkie

KBR 68h

Tidak aman di kantor polisi - Polisi dan Penyiksaan (Insecurity in police stations – police and torture)

The nominees of the TV Features category are:


No.

Name

Media

Title

1

Bima Marzuki (Reporter)
Adi Prastowo (Cameraman)

RCTI

Mana Hidupku…ini miskinku..!! (Where’s my life…here, I’m poor..!!)

2

Eko Hartanto (Reporter), Firman Hadi (Cameraman), M. Rahmani (Producer)

ANTV

Lumpuh di Bantar Sari (Paralysed people in Bantar Sari)

3

Elly Husin

RCTI

Ceria yang tergusur (An evicted cheerful)

4

M. Saiful Anwar

RCTI

Wajah suram penerus bangsa (Gloomy face of the next generation)

5

M. Saiful Anwar

RCTI

Kisah Kokom dari Taman BMW (A story of Kokom from BMW Park)

6

Michael Tjandra (Reporter), Djaka Riyanto (Cameraman), Elly Husin (Producer), Vicci and M. Sukri (Editors)

RCTI

Tangan-tangan kecil di belantara ibu kota (Little hands in the capital city’s jungle)

7

Rian Suryalibrata

RCTI

Sindikat perdagangan perempuan di Sumatera Utara (Human trafficking syndicate in North Sumatera)

8

Theresia Septriana (Journalist)

Ruai TV (Pontianak)

Kisah pilu di bumi apang semangai (A sad story from Apang Semangai world)

 

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