OSH Guidebook for TV Journalists and Workers Launching

The guidebook is aimed at providing guidelines and practical advice for those who need to identify, reduce and control risks that can cause injury or illness to journalists and workers in the TV industry working environment.

Background

The COVID-19 pandemic has been leaving a significant impact on the Indonesian labour market. According to the Statistic Bureau of Indonesia (BPS), the COVID-19 pandemic has affected over 29 million workers in Indonesia as of August 2020, adding to the existing pool of about seven million jobseekers that face significant difficulties in finding a job. While the development of vaccination gives hope, a labour market recovery tends to lag behind an economic recovery. Thus, the number of workers and their families who are affected by the pandemic is likely to stay at a high level throughout 2021 and during the first half of 2022. It is therefore urgent to save and create jobs. Business continuity and safety at workplaces are vital to this goal.

Against the backdrop, a new ILO project will promote job creation by enhancing COVID- 19 prevention at and through workplaces and improving safety and health for workers, which is an indispensable precondition to business re-opening, continuation and expansion. The ILO has supported the government of Indonesia and social partners on the establishment of the national guidelines on COVID-19 prevention at workplaces. Based on the national guidelines and international good practices, the project intends to provide technical assistance to 1,500 workplaces to ensure necessary COVID-19 preventive measures are implemented. Through knowledge-sharing and awareness raising activities, the project promotes preventive measures against the new coronavirus in at least 1,000 additional workplaces. It also strengthens the capacity of the government, workers’ organizations and employers’ organizations so that they can effectively cope with the pandemic today and public health crises in future.

Emphasizing on the knowledge-sharing and awareness raising effort, the project is working with Indonesia’s TV Journalists Association (IJTI) to improve the capacity of media professional on OSH. Through this collaboration, the project is going to conduct three activities including development of OSH guidebook for media TV and TV journalists, fellowship program for TV journalist and video documentary on the best practices of Indonesian companies in implementing OSH standards at their respective workplaces to further promote the prevention culture and importance OSH particularly during the pandemic to general public. In this context, the project is going to launch the OSH Guidebook for TV Journalists and Workers issued by the Indonesian Television Journalists Association (IJTI) on 5 July 2022 in hybrid format in Jakarta, Indonesia. The guidebook is aimed at providing guidelines and practical advice for those who need to identify, reduce and control risks that can cause injury or illness to journalists and workers in the TV industry working environment.

Objectives

  1. To launch the OSH Guidebook for TV Journalist and Workers among editor in chiefs and journalists across the nation
  2. To share information related to OSH issues in the TV media industry in Indonesia
  3. To share information on the ILO-IJTI fellowship program to sensitize OSH issues in journalism and reporting

Event format

The launching will be held in a hybrid format and inviting at least 20 mass media to attend on-site from national, local and online media. The event will be followed by a press conference to share in-depth information on the guidebook. The event also provides English and Indonesian interpretation services

Welcoming speeches

  • Usman Kansong, Director General of Information and Public Communication, Ministry of Communication and Information
  • Masato Usui, Minister for Economic Affairs and Development, Embassy of Japan in Indonesia
  • Azyumardi Azra, Chairman of the Indonesian Press Council

Resource persons

  • Profesor Fatma Lestari, University of Indonesia
  • Herik Kurniawan, Chairman of the Indonesian TV Journalists Association (IJTI)
  • Abdul Hakim, National Project Officer, ILO