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