In the wake of rampant fake news and hoaxes on the internet that have caused social discord, Indonesian online media outlets have established a forum in a bid to ensure credible digital content based on trusted information.
The forum, the Indonesian Cyber Media Association (AMSI), is founded by 23 media companies, including thejakartapost.com, tempo.co, kompas.com and merdeka.com, which are committed to delivering balanced and responsible content that adheres to journalistic ethics.
“With the establishment of AMSI, it is hoped that more cyber media will uphold accuracy and balanced [reporting] in line with journalistic ethics and cyber media guidelines,” the group said in a statement.
The association, which will officially launch on April 18, has appointed merdeka.com editor-in-chief Wenseslaus Manggut as its chairman. It already has 143 media companies as members.
The inauguration on Tuesday is set to be attended by Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara, Press Council chairman Yoseph Adi Prasetyo and National Police cybercrime director Sr. Comr. Fadil Imran.
AMSI is open for any digital media in Jakarta or in the regions to join if they meet the Press Council’s Press Company Standards.