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Legal Aid Center For the Press

Jakarta, Indonesia
Joined October 2015
Presence in: Indonesia
Focus: Access to Information, Criminal Justice

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.

People Associated With This Organization

Ade Wahyudin

Indonesia  
Legal Aid Center For the Press
Joined September 2015
Interests: Access to Information, Criminal Justice, Labor & Employment, Other
I'm probono lawyer working for Legal Aid Center for the Press (LBH Pers). 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. LBH Pers is based on the principle of the Preamble of the 1945 Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Vision
- The realization of a democratic civil society through legal aid and protection of press freedom and freedom of expression.
- 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 Mission
- Conduct a legal defense for press freedom and freedom of expression cases
- Conduct a legal defense for the violence cases against the press
- Conduct a legal defense for the pers labour cases
- Advocate policies and socialize the meaning of press freedom and freedom of expression

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.
And LBH Pers also dedicated Tasrif Award in 2012. Tasrif Award is given to individuals/groups/organizations that persistent uphold freedom of the press, freedom of expression, and the values of justice and democracy. AJI Indonesia build a tradition awards Tasrif Award to revive the spirit of Mr. Code of Journalistic Indonesia's fight for freedom of the press and freedom of speech.

Asep Komarudin

Indonesia  
Legal Aid Center For the Press
Joined October 2015
Interests: Access to Information, Criminal Justice, Governance, Peace-building
Im currently the Head of Research and Networking Division of Legal Aid Center for the Press. Prior to this, he was the Generale Officer for Advocacy of Press Freedom and Freedoom of Expression Programme at the Alliance of Independent Journalist from 2008 until 2013, and has experience on Defending freedom of expression in Indonesia and active in various forums both at international and regional level, which relates to freedom of expression, Also Involving in establishment on some regional network of lawyer such as Southeast Asia Lawyers Network (Sea Lawyers) currently is one of working commite members of Sea Lawyers and Advocate for Freedom of Expression Coalition – Southeast Asia (AFEC-SEA), In addition I has been a trial observer team member on a number of trials for blogger cases in Vietnam in 2013.

Legal Aid Center for Press was established on July 11th 2003 in Jakarta. It was triggered by the pressure and control upon media and journalists by so many parties; including government, businessman, and even politician, which were became even worst after the falldown of Soeharto in 1998. The LBH Pers was pioneered by The Alliance of Independent Journalist and a group of young lawyers who shared the same dream about having enforcement of freedom of press and expression.

The mission :
‘give all effort in creating a democratic civil society by providing legal aid actions to guarantee press freedom, freedom of expression and protection for the press workers’

LBH Pers achieve its objectives by doing the following activities:
1. Providing legal Aid assistance.
2. Conduct education and training of legal aid.
3. Do some research, campaigning and networking.
4. Perform related policy advocacy of press freedom and freedom of expression.

Since LBH Pers stand has handled hundreds cases of journalists and media in the court and outside the court and also involved at some coalition with Other CSO in some issue specialy related on press freedom and freedom of expression issue.

LBH Pers Active in various coalitions of civil society with regard to compliance and advocacy of human rights , especially freedom of expression and freedom of the press in Indonesia , is also actively involved in initiating some of the Regional Network for the protection of freedom of expression in Southeast Asia such as Media Defence Southeast Asia ( MD Sea ) , as well as Advocate for Freedom of Expression Coalition - Southeast Asia ( AFEC - SEA ), and also involving on South East Asia Lawyers the networking of probono Lawyers in South East Asia.
Asep Komarudin is the network champion (main point of contact) for Legal Aid Center For the Press.

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