The Legal Aid Center for the Press (LBH Pers) was founded on July 11, 2003 in Jakarta. Legal Aid Center for the Press (LBH Pers) was spearheaded by the Alliance of Independent Journalists and a group of young lawyers who shared the same dream of upholding freedom of the press and expression. Their establishment was also triggered by pressure and control of the media and journalists by many parties, including the government, businessmen, and even politicians, after the fall of Suharto in 1998.
The mission:’give all the effort in creating a democratic civil society by providing legal aid actions to ensure freedom of the press and protection of press workers’
The Legal Aid Center for the Press (LBH Pers) has handled hundreds of cases of journalists and media in court and out of court and also involved in several coalitions with other CSOs in some issues specially related of press freedom, freedom of expression and Internet Freedom.
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