A Papuan Journalist, Victor Mambor, Wins Udin Award 2022 at AJI’s 28th Anniversary

goodmorningpapua.com – The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) held a reception night for AJI’s 28th anniversary which was held on Sunday (7/8/2022) night. The theme for this anniversary is “Increasing Solidarity Amid Repression and Oligarchy”.

The celebration also included the awarding of Udin, Tasrif, and SK Trimurti. The judge for the 2022 Udin Award, Dhia Al-Uyun, announced the winner for 2022, namely the Papuan journalist from Jubi media, Victor Mambor.

Previously, the Indonesian Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) gave the Udin Award 2021 to Tempo journalist, Nurhadi. This award was given by AJI as an effort to promote press freedom and freedom of expression in Indonesia.

“The jury agreed to select Nurhadi, a Tempo journalist in Surabaya as the winner of the 2021 Udin Award. The 2021 Udin Award jury believes that Nurhadi has experienced direct physical violence and continued violence due to his journalistic activities,” wrote the Udin Award 2021 Coordinator, Musdalifah Fachri in a press release. accepted, Sunday 8 August 2021.

AJI explained that the award was provided through a selection process of about three weeks, from July 1 to July 23, 2021. The committee sent letters to more than 30 city AJIs, and AJI partner institutions, to be able to submit proposed names for the 2021 Udin Award candidates.

“The committee received 5 proposed names for candidates to receive the 2021 Udin Award. The five nominees were proposed by 3 AJI cities, namely AJI Surabaya, AJI Balikpapan, and AJI Medan. Members of AJI Jakarta and journalists in Bengkulu city each proposed one name,” said Musdalifah. .

Musdalifah detailed that there were three jury involved in the 2021 Udin Award. They were Latifah Anum Siregar, Executive Director of the Alliance for Democracy for Papua (AIDP), Ade Wahyudin Director of LBH Pers and AJI member and Jubi editor, Aryo Wisanggeni.

“The 2021 Udin Award must be a reminder that the law enforcement process for cases of violence against journalists is still often intervened, so that a journalist who is a victim experiences continued violence,” said Latifah.

Latifah hopes that the 2021 Udin Award for Nurhadi should be able to force law enforcement officers to really pay attention to the issue of violence against journalists, and seriously carry out the legal process against the perpetrators, who are members of the police.

“We must all continue to fight for press freedom and fulfill the rights of citizens to obtain information. We all must continue to fight to stop violence against journalists, and fight for justice for journalists who are victims of violence,” said the woman human rights defender in Papua, who is familiar with the nickname Ka Anum.

Two other judges, Ade Wahyudin and Aryo Wisanggeni, also explained that the candidate’s integrity and professionalism were the key to the assessment for the 2021 Udin Award. Both assessed that Nurhadi met all of these criteria.

“When receiving physical violence, Nurhadi is quite strong and is not easy to negotiate with offers of money or other issues. Some of the investigative coverage that Nurhadi has carried out, shows that he is determined to obtain information independently and professionally. In addition, his investigative report has a strong impact on the public, “both said.

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