Cipta Media Bersama Awarded USD 1 Million to 20 Grant Requests to Improve Media in Indonesia

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Jakarta, November 8, 2011

Cipta Media Bersama Grants USD 1 Million to 20 Applicants to Improve the Media in Indonesia

Cipta Media Bersama grant recipients

The Advisory and Final Selection Team for the "Cipta Media Bersama" grants, consisting of nine members of experts from various backgrounds, has approved 20 applications to share a USD 1 million grant (equivalent to Rp. 8.5 billion).

The open grants for the improvement of the media, funded by the Ford Foundation and supported by three non-profit groups (Wikimedia Indonesia, ICT Watch and the Indonesian Independent Journalists Alliance) received 820 applications from throughout Indonesia. During the initial selection stage, the committee and the general public chose 35 candidates, with the committee choosing 30 and the general public choosing another 5 via the Cipta Media website and social media.

This grant is hoped to empower society and improve its capacity in contributing to media diversity, defending freedom of expression, protecting media ethics, guarantee fair and equitable access to the media, and actively oversee the content, ownership, and procedures of the mainstream media.

David Hulse, the Country Representative for Indonesia from the Ford Foundation, stated that the Cipta Media Bersama grant program proved that the media sector in Indonesia is quickly undergoing major changes as a result of the advent of new technology; it is hoped that this new technology can be used to make a change for the better. Nia Dinata, a member of the Advisory and Final Selection Team, opined that initiatives such as Cipta Media Bersama were necessary as Indonesia desperately needs alternative content. Technology expert Onno Purbo stated that Cipta Media was an effort to "give voice to those who have none."

Of the 20 recipients, half are from Jakarta (with the work areas being within and without Jakarta), while the others came from Sumatra (3), Java (4) , Kalimantan (1), Sulawesi (1), and Papua (1).

All recipients will have their development monitored, including the use of funds, and the results will be licensed Creative Commons 3.0, meaning that the results and methods can be used freely by the public.

Next year, Cipta Media Bersama will run media and technology training workshops to improve the general public's capabilities before running another grant program in 2013.

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Lampiran: Penerima Hibah Cipta Media Bersama (20) sebesar 1 Juta Dolar AS (8,5 M Rupiah)

Topik I: Meretas batas kebhinekaan bermedia

  1. " – Promoting an Indonesian Identity | Tengku Muhamad Dhani Iqbal | Lentera Timur Group | Jakarta | Recipient of 300 million rupiah* | Proposal | Budget
  2. Benor FM: Community Radio as Educational Media and Advocate for Fundamental Rights of the Rimba People | Askarinta Adi | KK Warsi | Jambi | Recipient of 568 million rupiah* | Proposal | Budget
  3. Funding Scheme and Resource Mobilization Strategy Development for the Continuation of Media Communities in Indonesia | Hamid Abidin | PIRAC Fundraising School | Jakarta | Recipient of 875 million rupiah*| Proposal | Budget
  4. Community Website for Youths with Disabilites | Dimas Prasetyo Muharam | Kartunet Community | Jakarta | Recipient of 245 million rupiah*| Proposal | Budget
  5. Indonesian Street Art Database | Andi Riyanto | RESPECTA Streetartgallery | Yogyakarta | Recipient of 393 million rupiah*| Proposal | Budget
  6. Bhinneka: Boundless Diversity and Equality | Soe Tjen Marching | Bhinneka Institute | Surabaya | Recipient of 387 million rupiah* | Proposal | Budget
  7. My Phone, My Study Partner | Ali Sahbana | 1000guru (Kediri) | Kediri | Recipient of 166 million rupiah* | Proposal | Budget

Keadilan dan kesetaraan akses terhadap media

  1. MK-160 : 160 Character Media Community | Muhammad Amrun | Angkringan Media Community | Timbulharjo Village (Bantul, Yogyakarta) | Recipient of 150 million rupiah* | Proposal | Budget
  2. Amboina Cyber Society | Benhard Ricardo E. Mattheis | Maluku Satu Media | Ambon, Maluku | Recipient of 181 million Rupiah* | Proposal | Budget
  3. Human Rights Advocacy in Papua via Online Media, Mobile Phones, and Social Media | Latifah Anum Siregar | Democratic Alliance for Papua (ALDP) | Papua | Recipient of 914 million rupiah* | Proposal | Budget
  4. Border Blogger Movement | Asriyadi Alexander | Borneo Blogger Community | West Kalimantan | Recipient of 579 million rupiah* | Proposal | Budget
  5. Women Laborers’ Radio: From Women Laborers for Equality | Interfactory Labor Forum | North Jakarta | Recipient of 290 million rupiah* | Proposal | Budget

Kebebasan dan etika bermedia

  1. Human Rights Blogger Award | Supriyadi Widodo Eddyono | Indonesia Media Defense Litigation Network (IMDLN) | Jakarta | Recipient of 368 million rupiah* | Proposal | Anggaran
  2. Encouraging Healthier Media in Sharia Reporting in Aceh | Mukhtaruddin Yacob | Alliance of Independent Journalists of Banda Aceh | Aceh | Recipient of 545 million rupiah* | Proposal | Budget
  3. Not Starting [and Not Ending With News] | Ucu Agustin | Jakarta | Recipient of 750 million rupiah* | Proposal | Budget

Pemantauan media

  1. Follow-up Survey: Indonesian Reporters’ Perceptions on Islam and the Lapindo Media Watch | Imam Shofwan | Pantau Foundation | Jakarta | Recipient of 358 million rupiah* | Proposal | Budget
  2. Awakening Village Homemakers: Increasing Women’s Participation and Guaranteeing Fuller Information | Rifky Indrawan| Lampung Community Radio Network (JRKL) | Lampung | Recipient of 411 million rupiah* | Proposal | Budget
  3. Videos for Peace | Firdaus Mubarik | 6211 Group | West Java | Recipient of 550 million rupiah* | Proposal | Budget
  4. AKUMASSA.ORG"| Otty Widasari | AKUMASSA | Jakarta | Recipient of 370 million rupiah* | Proposal | Budget
  5. Next Generation - Media Watch & Literacy | Muhamad Iqbal Tawakal | Bandung | Recipient of 78 million rupiah* | Proposal | Budget

(*) Rounded for ease of transcription