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 means for society to obtain information and communicate, 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, social diversity, and religious norms.
In carrying out its functions, rights, obligations and roles, the press respects everyone’s human rights, 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.