"We regret the fact that some media (companies) still do not uphold the journalistic code of ethics and also amplify wrong information for the sake of click baits," the VP noted while addressing an Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI) event held virtually here on Saturday.
News stories that disregard the journalistic code of ethics are generally aimed at drawing the people’s attention. However, their content is not supported by facts, Amin pointed out.
"For instance, the title of the news story is written to attract readers, when in fact, its content is different," he remarked.
As the fourth pillar of democracy, mass media plays a crucial role in conveying constructive criticism to the government and checking facts to curb the circulation of hoax news, Amin emphasized.
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, journalists serve as the spearheads in disseminating important information about the handling of COVID-19 to the public, he stated.
"The information is about the importance of staying disciplined to adhere to health protocols, developments in COVID-19 handling, enforcement of public mobility restrictions, implementation of the vaccination program, and support for health services," he emphasized.
The vice president further praised media workers, who consistently conformed to the journalistic code of ethics in conveying news to the public.
"I highly laud media workers, who always apply the journalistic code of ethics to write good, objective, balanced, and accountable stories," he noted.
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