Update: a conversation on this subject is going full tilt in Bahasa Indonesia at Ndoro Kakung
An outfit calling itself Persatuan Pewarta Warga Indonesia (Indonesian Association of Citizen Journalists) is touting Citizen Journalist Cards for those inspired to take up the calling on their own steam.
The PPWI is housed at Gedung Dewan Pers in Kebun Sirih, Menteng and is touting the idea of Citizen Journalist Press cards which would function very much like an accredited Press card by professional journalists.
Unspun’s has no idea who is funding the PWWI and is all for Freedom of Speech, Press Freedom, Apple Pie and Koala Bears but but it’s a scary thought that there might be several dozens of self-proclaimed journos running around brandishing Press Cards and demanding access to all sorts of functions and events.
In the old days you could tell the difference between legitimate journalists and Bodrex (sham journos who’s only purpose is to demand, extort or ask for money from companies at public events) because the latter do not have accredited Press Cards but the line gets pretty thin if we have all those Citizen Journalists running around.
What should PR flacks and corporate communications people in large companies do about them?