The Press Council was first established in 1968 based on Law No. 11 Year 1966 on the Press Principal Provisions signed by President Soekarno on December 12, 1966. At that time the Press Council, according to Article 6 paragraph (1) Law No.11/1966, functioned to assist the government to nurture the growth and development of the national press together. Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Press Council lead by Minister of Information (Article 7 paragraph (1)).
The New Order Government by the Act No. 21 Year 1982 on the Amendment of the Law Number 11 Year 1966 on the Pers Principal Provisions as amended by the Law No. 4 of 1967, signed by President Suharto on September 20 1982 --- did not change the existence of the Press Council. The position and function remained the same: more to as the adviser to the government, especially the Ministry of Information, meanwhile, Minister of Information also still as the Chairman of the Press Council.
Amendments according to the Law no. 21/1982 is the representation of the various elements in the membership of the Press Council. Article 6 paragraph (2) of Law no. 21/1982 states "Members of the Press Council consists of the press organizations, government and community representatives experts in press and other area". The previous Act explained only "members of the Press Council consists of the press organizations and the press experts ".
Fundamental change occurred in 1999, along with the ...