Source: A. Machfud Ardiansyah, Editor: Liesna Ega SMI
suaramediaindonesia.com, Makassar, Indonesia – Reporting from the media Instagram: @ eye.on.palestine, a Palestinian journalist, Latifeh R Abdellatif was attacked by several Israeli soldiers while doing coverage in the old city of Jerusalem, to several Palestinians who saw anarchist action. directly blocking and protecting the Palestinian journalist. (Wednesday, 19/05/2021)
Freedom of the press is a right granted by constitutional or legal protection relating to media and published materials such as disseminating, printing and publishing newspapers, magazines, books or other materials without interference or treatment. censorship from the government.
Conceptually, press freedom will give rise to a smart, wise and clean government. Through the freedom of the press, the public will be able to know various events, including the performance of the government, so that a check and balance mechanism will emerge, control over power, and the community itself. Therefore, the media can be dubbed the fourth pillar of democracy, complementing the executive, legislative and judiciary. Press freedom basically aims to improve the quality of democracy. With press freedom, it is possible for the mass media to convey a variety of information, thereby strengthening and supporting citizens to play a role in democracy or what is called civic empowerment.
“The actions of anarchism from Israeli soldiers to Latifeh R Abdellatif as a Palestinian journalist are considered to have violated the right to freedom of the PRESS in conducting field coverage”. Said A. Machfud Ardiansyah to reporters of the Indonesian media voice
A. Machfud Ardiansyah, as the general leader of sawerigading International News representing all international journalists, strongly condemns the anarchist actions of Israeli soldiers in the case of Latifeh’s attack in the Old City, Jerusalem.
“We emphasize all Israeli Soldiers not to obstruct journalists’ activities and provide freedom of coverage in the field, and we also emphasize the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to ensure the safety of all international journalists in the activity of providing information on the conflict between Israel and Palestine” Said A. Machfud firmly closed