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February 14, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Jakarta Post - February 14, 2019

Devina Heriyanto, Jakarta – It was a hot bright day in August 2018 and the clock had struck one. I had finished my lunch and was walking back to The Jakarta Post office when someone groped my breast and drove off.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Jakarta Post - February 14, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – Heri Budiawan had just returned to Sumberagung village in Banyuwangi, East Java around August 2010 after working in Saudi Arabia for 10 years, and he found that his hometown had changed much because of gold mining in the nearby Tumpang Pitu mountain range.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - February 14, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian government is requiring coal miners to increase their allocation of coal for the domestic market this year to 128 million tons, an increase of 5.79 percent over 2018's requirement of 121 million tons.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Tempo - February 14, 2019

Bram Setiawan, Jakarta – The Tourism Ministry provides technical guidance and workshops to representatives from 10 provinces in Indonesia. The 10 provinces had been appointed as halal tourist destinations.

The provinces are Aceh, Riau Islands, West Sumatra, DKI Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta, East Java, West Nusa Tenggara and South Sulawesi.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - February 14, 2019

Marguerite Afra Sapiie and Nurul Fitri Ramadhani, Jakarta – The second election debate is a few days away and the teams of both incumbent Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and challenger Prabowo Subianto are gearing up for the upcoming face-off between the two presidential candidates.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - February 14, 2019

Jakarta – Investment Coordination Board (BKPM) head Thomas Lembang said on Wednesday that the government was considering allowing foreign universities and hospitals to operate in the country.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Tribune News - February 14, 2019

Jakarta – The House of Representatives (DPR) has denied rumors that they are deliberating a law to legalise Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) activities.

The denial follows rumors about the ratification of a draft LGBT Law (RUU LGBT) in a broadcast message circulated on WhatsApp groups and social media.

News ›› West Papua ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
Radio New Zealand International - February 14, 2019

Indonesian state media is reporting that hundreds of students have fled violence in Papua's central Highlands.

Since December, an increasing number of gun fights have occurred between the West Papua Liberation Army and Indonesian security forces.

Antara News reported the violence had displaced 406 students and more than 80 teachers in Jayawijaya regency.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Pornography & Sexual Morality
Coconuts Jakarta - February 14, 2019

Another year, another Valentine's Day ban story in Indonesia.

Continuing their annual tradition, which has been going on for several years, the city administration of the South Sulawesi capital of Makassar has once again imposed a ban on Valentine's Day celebrations this year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Civil Service & Bureaucracy
Jakarta Post - February 14, 2019

Jakarta – Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo says his ministry never issued a policy restricting any government offices from holding conferences and meetings at hotels, but he advised they be held in daytime.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Jakarta Post - February 14, 2019

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – The Agrarian and Spatial Planning Ministry has announced it will register 10 million new plots of land this year, one million more than the initial target of 9 million set in 2015, following President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's order to expedite land certification.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - February 14, 2019

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – The naming of opposition camp supporter and 212 Alumni Brotherhood (PA 212) chairman Slamet Ma'arif as a suspect for violating campaign rules has triggered questions about the Election Supervisory Agency's (Bawaslu) neutrality, or lack thereof.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
New York Times - February 14, 2019

Eka Kurniawan, Jakarta – When Joko Widodo, the incumbent president of Indonesia, last year chose Ma'ruf Amin as his running mate for the general election this April, it became clear that Indonesian politics is now backed into a corner.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Jakarta Post - February 14, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – Environmental activist Heri Budiawan, popularly known as Budi Pego, is continuing his fight to prove his innocence as incarceration looms over him after the Supreme Court sentenced him to imprisonment.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - February 14, 2019

Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – As the nation prepares for the upcoming elections, issues relating to energy nationalism will spark debate among its supporters and detractors, especially after the government's move to take control of copper miner Freeport Indonesia and the Rokan oil and gas block.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Pornography & Sexual Morality
Jakarta Post - February 14, 2019

Jakarta – A florist in Bogor Regency, West Java, spoke out about the effect of the city administration's call for its residents not to celebrate Valentine's Day, which it said was not part of Indonesian culture.

February 13, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Coconuts Jakarta - February 13, 2019

Indonesia was hammered by some 2,374 natural disasters last year, the biggest and most deadly being the 7.5-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit Sulawesi in late September and killed more than 1,400 people and the 7.0-magnitude quake that rocked the island of Lombok in August, killing nearly 400 people.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - February 13, 2019

Sausan Atika, Jakarta – Ellya, a resident of Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, pays Rp 300,000 (US$21.38) a month for a water service of less than 40 cubic meters used by six adults and two children.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Jakarta Post - February 13, 2019

Jakarta – Social media platform Instagram has taken down an Instagram account featuring comic strips about the life of a Muslim gay man that has stirred national controversy, an official says. By 2 p.m. on Wednesday, the account @alpantuni was no longer accessible.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - February 13, 2019

Vincent Lingga, Jakarta – Even under the most optimistic projections, Indonesia's economic growth in the next five years is unlikely to exceed 6 percent. In fact, potential growth will most probably be at 5.68 percent, according to a joint study by the Asian Development Bank and the National Development Planning Ministry.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
New York Times - February 13, 2019

Mike Ives and Muktita Suhartono, Hong Kong – An Instagram account featuring a comic strip with gay Muslim characters disappeared on Wednesday, days after Indonesian officials threatened to block the entire social media platform in the country because of an uproar over the comic's content.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Coconuts Jakarta - February 13, 2019

VP candidate Sandiaga Uno has made traveling around the country and meeting with the downtrodden – particularly those who say they feel economically hard done by by President Joko Widodo's administration – one of his main campaign strategies.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - February 13, 2019

Jakarta – E-commerce is like a double-edged sword for the Indonesian economy. On the one hand, it has contributed significantly to the country's state revenue, on the other hand, it has contributed to the country's trade deficit.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Jakarta Post - February 13, 2019

Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – In the lead up to the legislative and presidential elections in April, the country's second-largest Islamic organization, Muhammadiyah, is set to hold a leadership meeting that will include addressing the politicization of religion in electoral contests.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
South China Morning Post - February 13, 2019

Indonesia's largest airport operator is looking to spend billions of dollars to build a new facility in Jakarta and upgrade the existing one to cater to an unprecedented travel boom and compete with neighbouring countries for tourism revenue.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - February 13, 2019

Jakarta – Jakarta Police are cracking down on electric bike-sharing app Migo, with a ban on the distinctive yellow electric bikes that have begun to gain popularity on the capital's streets.

Jakarta Traffic Police law enforcement unit head Comr. Herman Ruswandi said the ban was necessary because the e-bikes had yet to undergo tests to allow them to be used in the city.

News ›› West Papua ›› Freeport & MIFEE Food Estate
CNN Indonesia - February 13, 2019

Jakarta – Thirty-five sacked PT Freeport Indonesia workers, who have been camping out in front of the State Palace for a week, have been forcibly removed by police and are being held at the Metro Jaya regional police headquarters in Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Pornography & Sexual Morality
Coconuts Jakarta - February 13, 2019

Some of Indonesia's most outspoken conservatives have long complained about cultural appropriation, particularly in regards to the adoption of certain Western celebrations such as Halloween. But there's perhaps no Western import so fiercely protested than Valentine's Day, which many in the Muslim-majority country say leads to behavior that contravenes the mores of Islam.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - February 13, 2019

Jakarta – While praised for its progressive efforts in preserving forests and stopping forest fires, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's administration still faces criticism for doing less in preventing the harmful practices of mining.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - February 13, 2019

Jakarta – West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has been reported to the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) for allegedly campaigning for incumbent presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo outside the schedule set by the elections committee.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Straits Times - February 13, 2019

Jakarta (DPA) – Instagram has taken down an account that featured comic strips about a Muslim gay man's daily struggles after Indonesia demanded its removal, an official said on Wednesday (Feb 13).

News ›› West Papua ›› Political Parties & Elections
CNN Indonesia - February 13, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) and the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) say that the West Papuan people will not take part in the 2019 presidential and legislative elections.

News ›› West Papua ›› Film & Television
Radio New Zealand International - February 13, 2019

A short documentary which highlights the risks of being a journalist in Indonesian-ruled Papua region, or West Papua, has won an international film award.

Aprila, directed by Rohan Radheya, took out the best short film award at the 16th Pacific Fifo Documentary Film Festival in French Polynesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Jakarta Post - February 13, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – Social media platform Instagram has denied a government claim that it had taken down an Instagram account featuring a comic strip on the life of a gay Muslim man that has caused widespread indignation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
CNN Indonesia - February 13, 2019

Jakarta – House of Representatives (DPR) Commission III member Arsul Sani says that the government's planned revisions to the 2009 Narcotics Law could open the way for the involvement of TNI (Indonesian military) personnel in combating the drug trade.

February 12, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - February 12, 2019

Jakarta – After lowering fuel prices for land transportation, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will likely call on state-owned oil and gas holding company Pertamina to lower the price of aviation turbine fuel (avtur), which has been blamed for the high operational costs of airlines.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - February 12, 2019

Jakarta – The government expects to raise Rp 22.5 trillion (US$1.6 billion) in revenue from the halal certification law, which becomes effective this year, an official has said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - February 12, 2019

Agnes Anya, Jakarta – The Foreign Ministry has denied that a man who voiced his support for presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, the United States, is a government official.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Coconuts Jakarta - February 12, 2019

Most Indonesian cities are notoriously unfriendly towards pedestrians, none more so than the capital of Jakarta. Seeing sidewalks overridden with kaki lima (food carts) and motorcycles (either parked or using them as a shortcut) is a common occurrence but that's on top of basic design flaws like an overall lack of sidewalks and crosswalks.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Gay Star News - February 12, 2019

Rik Glauert – The Information and Communications Minister in Indonesia has threatened to block Instagram in the country.

It wants the social media company to block a user who posts self-drawn comics depicting a gay Muslim, according to CNN Indonesia. AlPantuni's Instagram says it posts 'Gay Muslim comics for people who are able to think'.

News ›› East Timor ›› Social Security & Welfare
Dili Weekly - February 12, 2019

Estevao Nuno – The Director of the organization BELUN, Luis da Costa Ximenes, urges the Secretariat of State for the Combatants of the National Liberation (SEAKLN) to verify the data and lists of veterans.

He said, in 2018, there were 28,896 veterans registered, which for him is a substantial number.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Population & Migration
Tempo - February 12, 2019

Ade Ridwan Yandwiputra, Jakarta – Head of Bogor National and Political Unity Office (Kesbangpol) Wawan Darmawan revealed that Puncak remains as the favored area in Bogor District for illegal immigrants, which have accumulated to 1,766 people.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - February 12, 2019

Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – In less than a week, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Prabowo Subianto will once again face each other in the second-round presidential debate.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Jakarta Post - February 12, 2019

Agnes Anya, Jakarta – Two universities in Canberra said in a joint statement on Monday that they were "shocked and appalled" at the alleged harassment of two hijab-wearing Indonesian students in the Australian capital.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - February 12, 2019

Ruslan Sangadji, Palu – The Central Sulawesi provincial administration plans to build memorial parks in areas affected by earthquake-triggered soil liquefaction in Palu and Sigi regency to remember the victims.

The geological phenomenon hit Palu and Sigi following a 7.4-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated Central Sulawesi in September 2018.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Al Jazeera - February 12, 2019

Aisyah Llewellyn, Medan, North Sumatra – Musicians in Indonesia have slammed a new draft law seeking to criminalise content deemed pornographic or blasphemous, saying it could potentially limit freedom of expression across the vast archipelago.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Food & Beverage Industry
Jakarta Post - February 12, 2019

Jakarta – The Bali administration is set to legalize traditional Balinese arak (liquor made from tuak, a sweet drink from coconut palm flower) with the hope that it will serve as a new trademark of Indonesia's main tourist destination, said Bali Governor Wayan Koster.

News ›› East Timor ›› Health & Education
Dili Weekly - February 12, 2019

Paulina Quintao – The Chief of the Surgery Department at the National Hospital of Guido Valadares (HNGV), in Dili, Surgeon Alito Soares said many patients of cancer, with broken legs and arms chose to leave the hospital early in favour of doing traditional treatments.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Globe - February 12, 2019

Dion Bisara, Jakarta – A planned increase in the rates of online-based motorcycle taxis may reduce demand for ride-hailing services by more than two-thirds, potentially paring drivers' incomes and prompting more people to use private vehicles, exacerbating traffic problems, a recent study showed.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Tempo - February 12, 2019

Muh. Syaifullah, Jakarta – The chairperson of Indonesia Solidarity Party (PSI) Grace Natalie suggested revocation of the joint ministerial decree or SKB regulating the establishment of houses of worship as it violated the 1945 Constitution Article 28e and Article 29.