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June 12, 2020

Jakarta Post - June 12, 2020

Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – Online feminist publication Magdalene.co has suffered a series of cyberattacks over the past month, which has made it difficult for readers to access the website.

Jakarta Post - June 12, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Indonesian consumers grew deeply pessimistic in May as pandemic-related layoffs eroded people's confidence in the economy, a Bank Indonesia (BI) survey has shown.

Agence France-Presse - June 12, 2020

Agnes Anya, Magelang – Teacher Henrikus Suroto vowed his students wouldn't be cheated out of their education when the global pandemic forced schools to be closed in Indonesia's remote Kenalan village.

Jakarta Post - June 12, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has detained former PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI) president director Budi Santoso and former commerce director Irzal Rinaldi Zailani, naming both of them suspects in a graft case involving apparently fictitious projects at the state-owned aircraft manufacturer between 2007 and 2017.

Jakarta Post - June 12, 2020

Jakarta – The Bone River in Gorontalo breached its banks on Thursday, inundating swaths of Bone Bolango regency as well as the northern part of Gorontalo city.

Twenty-six villages in the regency's six districts were hit by the flood. The waters forced 5,407 residents, including 22 infants and 22 toddlers, to flee their homes, Bone Bolango regent Hamim Pou said.

Vice - June 12, 2020

Ikhwan Hastanto – On Monday morning, in a pre-dawn raid, Indonesian counterterrorism authorities arrested a 31-year-old man, identified only by the initials A.M. He was taken into custody on suspicion of involvement with two explosive devices found in Cikampek, 51 kilometers from Jakarta, on June 2nd.

Tempo - June 12, 2020

Muhammad Hendartyo, Jakarta – A public attorney of Legal Aid Center for the Press, Rizki Yudha, on Thursday addressed the cyberattack against event organizers of an online public discussion highlighting racial discrimination against Papua, which he deems as a real threat towards democracy.

Jakarta Post - June 12, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – An Indonesian priest based in the United States has caused a stir on social media because of a speech he made during a recent Black Lives Matter protest that referenced Indonesia's history of discrimination.

Jakarta Post - June 12, 2020

Nina Loasana, Jakarta – The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) and the Press Council have questioned proposed revisions to the Press Law under the omnibus bill on job creation.

The AJI and Press Council said they were opposed to certain revisions that were currently under proposal for the bill, including fines and administrative sanctions for press companies.

Jakarta Globe - June 12, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus increased by 1,111 in Indonesia on Friday to bring the total number of infections in the country to 36,406.

It's the third time daily cases have surpassed the 1,000 mark, all occurring this week.

Reuters - June 12, 2020

Maikel Jefriando and Gayatri Suroyo, Jakarta – Indonesia plans to build one of its largest industrial parks on the north coast of Java island in a renewed drive to attract manufacturers relocating out of China as Southeast Asia's biggest economy comes out of a coronavirus-induced lockdown.

Jakarta Post - June 12, 2020

Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – A group has submitted a challenge to the Constitutional Court against a regulation recently issued by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo postponing this year's simultaneous regional elections until December, and have instead called for the elections to be postponed until the risk of COVID-19 transmission has subsided.

Jakarta Post - June 12, 2020

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – Election organizers and regional administrations have requested extra funds from the state budget for the 2020 simultaneous regional elections as the central government insists on holding year-end regional polls amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Jakarta Post - June 12, 2020

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – The government has cut the board of directors of state-owned oil and gas giant Pertamina from 11 positions to six, a leaked document shows, in a continued campaign to slim down national enterprises.

Jakarta Post - June 12, 2020

Apriza Pinandita and Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi announced on Thursday that there were at least 311 foreign nationals infected with COVID-19 in Indonesia, of whom 26 have died.

ABC News - June 12, 2020

Tasha Wibawa – The Black Lives Matter movement has inspired many Indigenous minorities to speak out about systemic racism in their own countries, but in some countries like Indonesia, their cries remain largely unheard.

Straits Times - June 12, 2020

Makassar (AFP) – Indonesian hospitals are beefing up security at their morgues after a spate of body-snatchings by relatives seeking traditional burials for family members who died of the coronavirus, police said on Friday (June 12).

Jakarta Globe - June 12, 2020

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Diana Mariska, Jakarta – Improved testing capacity and more aggressive contact tracing have led to a spike in confirmed cases of coronavirus recently, an expert said on Thursday.

Tempo - June 12, 2020

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – A Journalist's Union for Diversity (SEJUK) activist, Tantowi Anwari, on Thursday said Indonesian mass media in general still show a perspective that is considered racist in reporting news about Papua.

Jakarta Post - June 12, 2020

Alya Nurbaiti, Jakarta – State-owned train operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) will restart operations of 14 long-distance and 23 local passenger train services on Friday after shutting down such services for two months to help prevent COVID-19 transmission.

Jakarta Post - June 12, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – Prosecutors have demanded that two police officers be given one-year jail terms for their involvement in the acid attack on Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan in which the graft buster lost an eye.

Jakarta Post - June 12, 2020

Mardika Parama, Jakarta – State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II (AP II) has recorded a jump in the number of passengers for both domestic and international flights, as the government relaxes restrictions on air travel.

Jakarta Post - June 12, 2020

Jakarta – Indonesian stocks plunged deep in the red on Friday morning following a market rout seen by Wall Street in Thursday's session as investors grew wary of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States.

June 11, 2020

Jakarta Post - June 11, 2020

Jakarta – Members of the University of Lampung (Unila) student press Teknokra have received anonymous threats in relation to the organization's plan to hold a public discussion on racial discrimination against Papuans.

CNN Indonesia - June 11, 2020

Jakarta – Activists from the Teknokra Student Press Activities Unit (UKPM) at the University of Lampung (Unila) in South Sumatra say they received threats from unidentified individuals prior to holding an online discussion on the theme "Racial discrimination against Papuans" on Thursday evening, June 11.

Asia Pacific Report - June 11, 2020

Pacific Media Watch – Timor-Leste's Minister of Justice plans to present to the Council of Ministers a proposal to include criminal defamation in the country's penal code.

The Guardian - June 11, 2020

Febriana Firdaus – Student Eden Armando Bebari, 19, was allegedly shot and killed by Indonesian security forces while fishing in his home town in West Papua in April.

Tempo - June 11, 2020

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The Indonesian Press Council and the Independent Journalists Alliance (AJI) urged the removal of articles concerning press affairs from the draft of Job Creation Bill or RUU Cipta Kerja.

Jakarta Post - June 11, 2020

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – Consumers have criticized state-owned electricity firm PLN for a significant spike in electricity bills in June resulting from a new billing method and increased at-home work.

Jakarta Post - June 11, 2020

Jakarta – Four Jayapura Police detainees who were in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 have escaped from the Bhayangkara Police Hospital in Jayapura, Papua.

The inmates, identified by their initials HM, MW, IT and M, fled the health facility by breaking the iron bars of the room they were in on Wednesday.

Jakarta Post - June 11, 2020

Mardika Parama, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has instructed the Public Works and Housing Ministry to expand the government's food-estate program by developing 165,000 hectares of land in Pulang Pisau regency, Central Kalimantan, into farmland, a senior official has said.

Jakarta Post - June 11, 2020

Jakarta – The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) has begun clinical trials of two new herbal medicines intended to boost the immune systems of COVID-19 patients.

Joint Statement - June 11, 2020

Shalom, Assalamuallaikum Wr. Wb., Om Swastiastu, Namo Buddhaya, Salam Kebajikan

Jakarta Post - June 11, 2020

Jakarta – Vice President Ma'ruf Amin has instructed his subordinates to draw up a list of pesantren (Islamic boarding schools) to receive financial assistance from the government during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The financial support, Ma'ruf said, would help the boarding schools operate during the health and economic crisis.

International Federation of Journalists Media Release - June 11, 2020

The Minister of Justice in Timor-Leste plans to present to the Council of Ministers a proposal to include criminal defamation in the country's penal code. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the Timor-Leste Press Union (TLPU) protest the move that would undermine press freedom and public interest journalism.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 11, 2020

The odd-even traffic rule has been suspended for as long as the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) protocol has been in effect in Jakarta, and it is set to remain that way despite the capital having eased restrictions related to COVID-19.

South China Morning Post - June 11, 2020

Joe Cochrane – The coronavirus pandemic has been devastating for Indonesia's economy. Millions are unemployed, the country is only partially reopened, and the World Bank has warned that Southeast Asia's largest economy could see negative GDP growth this year – puncturing the hopes of state officials targeting a 2.5 per cent increase.

Suara.com - June 11, 2020

Dwi Bowo Raharjo and Yosea Arga Pramudita – The Civil Society Coalition is urging the police to arrest the perpetrators of terror threatening freedom of expression and opinion who have been attacking journalists and activists of late.

Sydney Morning Herald - June 11, 2020

James Massola and Karuni Rompies – Indonesia's coronavirus case count could double to more than 60,000 infections in the next two weeks as testing becomes more widespread, according to Professor Amin Soebandrio, the director of Jakarta's Eijkman Institute of Microbiology.

Jakarta Globe - June 11, 2020

Yudo Dahono, Jakarta – The State-Owned Enterprises Ministry has devised a plan to extend the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed train project to Surabaya in East Java to improve connectivity on the island of Java – the most densely populated region in Indonesia – and to create new jobs for local workers during the coronavirus crisis.

Jakarta Post - June 11, 2020

Apriza Pinandita, Jakarta – Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the authorities to drop all charges and release seven Papuan activists and students accused of treason for their involvement in antiracism protests in Jayapura, Papua, in August 2019.

Tempo - June 11, 2020

Jakarta – Seemingly at odds with the existing laws, the government regulation on the involvement of the military in dealing with terrorism has sparked criticism. Terrorism should be a criminal offense, not a political, yet alone an ideological, crime.

Jakarta Post - June 11, 2020

Jakarta – Physical distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19 while on the roads can be difficult, especially as people's mobility increases with the easing of restrictions, but officials in East Java have come up with a unique and creative plan.

Jakarta Post - June 11, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has warned of a second COVID-19 wave as the number of new cases continued to soar over the past few days, following the loosening of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in some regions.

Jakarta Post - June 11, 2020

Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – Airlines are seeking to regain passengers' confidence to fly through the enforcement of health protocol during the "new normal" period as the industry seeks to recover from the pandemic.

Jakarta Post - June 11, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira, Jakarta – A recent survey by Jakarta-based public opinion pollster Politik Indonesia shows that the economic impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic have caused a declining trend in public trust.

Reuters - June 11, 2020

Stanley Widianto, Jakarta – Hundreds of children in Indonesia are believed to have died from COVID-19, giving the Southeast Asian country one of the world's highest rates of child deaths from the novel coronavirus that experts around the world say poses little danger to the young.

Tempo - June 11, 2020

Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta – University of Lampung (Unila) students' community Teknokra had reportedly been terrorized by an unknown source after the community planned to hold a discussion about racial discrimination against people with Papuan descent.

Jakarta Post - June 11, 2020

Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – Almost unnoticeably, sometime in early May, the coronavirus crept into a house in Indonesia's emerging COVID-19 epicenter of Surabaya and ensnared four members of the family who lived there.

Jakarta Post - June 11, 2020

Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – The number of fatalities linked to COVID-19 in Indonesia reached 2,000 on Thursday, as the number of confirmed cases continues to rise amid plans by the central government to gradually ease restrictions ahead of the so-called "new normal".