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November 18, 2022

Tempo - November 18, 2022

Aliyyu Medyati, Jakarta – A large group of protestors consisting of labor union workers held a demonstration in front of the Jakarta City Hall on Friday, November 18, 2022. The protesters voiced their demand for a 13 percent minimum wage increase for 2023.

Tabloid Jubi - November 18, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Office of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM Papua) on Thursday, November 17, 2022, announced the results of its investigation on the clashes that occurred in Dogiyai Regency last week.

Jakarta Post - November 18, 2022

Nur Janti, Jakarta – The House of Representatives unanimously passed on Thursday a law to create another new province in the underdeveloped region of Papua, expecting that this will allow the government to redraw electoral districts in all four new provinces ahead of the 2024 general election.

Fulcrum - November 18, 2022

Aninda Dewayanti – Activist groups in Indonesia inspired by Islamic and pro-environment ideas have the potential to do more to address climate change problems, provided those in charge will stop and listen, and perhaps even collaborate.

Tempo - November 18, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo or Jokowi said hosting the G20 Summit in Bali during the rainy season was quite challenging, especially since the weather forecast said that rain was expected at Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) park.

Tempo - November 18, 2022

Alfitria Nefi Pratiwi, Jakarta – The number of Covid-19 cases in Indonesia starting to show another increase. As of Thursday, November 17, 2022, the Indonesian Ministry of Health reported that more than 7,000 people have been infected with Covid-19.

Tempo - November 18, 2022

Anisa Hafifah, Jakarta – The Labor Party asked the Acting Governor of Jakarta Heru Budi Hartono to file a cassation appeal against the Jakarta State Administrative High Court's (PTTUN) ruling which rejected the Jakarta government's appeal regarding the provincial minimum wage or UMP 2022.

Tempo - November 18, 2022

Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – The Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) head Penny K Lukito revealed the investigation results on five pharmaceutical companies following the rising cases of acute kidney injury among children.

It is found that their syrup drugs contain ethylene glycol (EG) and diethylene glycol (DEG) at 433 to 702 times the safe limit.

Coconuts Jakarta - November 18, 2022

The First Family is calling for calm after First Lady Iriana was mocked on Twitter with a tasteless comment that triggered outrage in the country.

Iriana was recently photographed with her South Korean counterpart Kim Kun-hee at the G20 Summit in Bali. The latter in particular has wowed many in Indonesia who praised her beauty and elegance at the summit.

Jakarta Globe - November 18, 2022

BTV, Bali – An unidentified woman triggered members of the presidential security force to take action after she disrupted President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's motorcade and reach out her hand through the car window in the Bali district of Badung on Thursday.

Tempo - November 18, 2022

Bisnis.Com, Jakarta – Minister of Investments and Head of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Bahlil Lahadalia, stated that Indonesia has managed to gather US$8 billion of investment commitment during the G20 Summit in Bali. Most of the commitment came from South Korea, China, and European countries.

Jakarta Post - November 18, 2022

Vincent Fabian Thomas, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) has decided to raise its benchmark rate by another 50 basis points (bps) in a move to bring down domestic inflation and to safeguard the rupiah from depreciating even further against the United States dollar.

November 17, 2022

Reuters - November 17, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia's central bank raised its key interest rate by 50 basis points for a third consecutive month on Thursday, saying it will strengthen its response to "high" inflation expectations amid a strong economic backdrop.

Coconuts Jakarta - November 17, 2022

If you've been on the Indonesian internet over the past week, you might have seen a viral video depicting a supposedly dead man in an open casket coming back to life.

The incident received widespread coverage by local media, but we hesitated to report on the story as we believed there had to be a rational explanation for everything.

Oh boy, we were right.

Tabloid JUBI - November 17, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) in Bali island rallied to reject the G20 summit and demand the right to self-determination for Papua on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. However, they were blocked by a mass organization and the authorities until they were pulled back to the Papuan Student Dormitory.

Tempo - November 17, 2022

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo or Jokowi disclosed his reasons for conducting his signature impromptu visit, known as blusukan, to traditional markets and have dialogues with the people. He said such visits allow him to understand the real challenges and economic conditions at the grassroots.

Tabloid JUBI - November 17, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Student president of the University of Science and Technology Jayapura (USTJ) Ronny Tigi said the student protest in Jayapura City to reject the G20 summit on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, was in accordance with the rule. However, the police still dispersed the demonstration.

Jakarta Globe - November 17, 2022

Hendro Situmorang, Jakarta – Two pharmaceutical companies have been named suspects for allegedly using dangerous chemicals in the production of syrup medicines, the Drug and Food Supervisory Agency (BPOM) confirmed on Thursday.

Jakarta Post - November 17, 2022

Radhiyya Indra, Jakarta – As this year's Indonesian Film Festival (FFI) draws closer, the award committee has disclosed its final jury in charge of picking the winners.

Jakarta Globe - November 17, 2022

Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – The House of Representatives on Thursday passed the establishment of Southwest Papua as Indonesia's 38th province.

The new province comprises Sorong Municipality as the provincial capital, the District of Sorong, the District of South Sorong, the District of Raja Ampat, the District of Tambrauw, and the District of Mamberamo.

November 16, 2022

Jakarta Post - November 16, 2022

Vincent Fabian Thomas, Jakarta – Indonesia's trade balance experienced an unanticipated bump in October as demand from the country's largest Asian trading partners increased and imports of capital goods fell.

Jakarta Post - November 16, 2022

Fadhil Haidar Sulaeman, Jakarta – Business initiatives conducted throughout the year under the Group of 20 framework have culminated in a series of investment agreements presented at the Business 20 (B20) Summit on Monday.

Coconuts Jakarta - November 16, 2022

Amid his busy G20 Summit schedule in Bali, President Joko Widodo today took the time to announce that Indonesia is considering a bid for the 2036 Olympics, which he hopes can be staged in the future capital city Nusantara.

In a video he posted today, Jokowi said he conveyed to other world leaders Indonesia's intention to host the Olympics in 14 years' time.

Coconuts Jakarta - November 16, 2022

The Kebaya Merah (red kebaya) sex tape scandal was far from over, as police arrested another woman who allegedly featured in dozens of videos produced by the adult content creators.

Tempo - November 16, 2022

Abdul Latief Apriaman, Mataram – At least 26 students who are members of the Indonesian People's Assembly (IPA) of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) were arrested when staging demonstrations against this week's G20 Summit on Tuesday, November 15.

Tempo - November 16, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The Jakarta Environment Office has established a forum that will encourage collaboration among several parties to support air quality improvement in the capital city.

Jakarta Post - November 16, 2022

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – The government finally migrated on Nov. 2 analog free-to-air TV to digital broadcasts through the analog switch off (ASO) program for almost half of 514 regions in Indonesia, including the Greater Jakarta area, after seven years of delay. The government will free some TV frequencies for other purposes, including 5G fast internet services.

Tempo - November 16, 2022

Ima Dini Shafira, Jakarta – NasDem Party deputy chair Ahmad Ali asserted that there was no ulterior motive in Anies Baswedan's meeting with Solo Mayor Gibran Rakabuming Raka as the two are friends.

Jakarta Post - November 16, 2022

Fikri Harish, Jakarta – MRT Jakarta announced on Tuesday that they would extend the operational hours by one hour from 11 p.m. to 12 a.m. effective immediately. Operational hours start at 5 a.m. on weekdays and at 6 a.m. on weekends.

Tabloid Jubi - November 16, 2022

Makassar, Jubi – The Public Prosecutor in the alleged gross human rights violations of Bloody Paniai at the Makassar Court on Monday, November 14, 2022, demanded 10 years of imprisonment against the sole defendant in the case, Maj. Inf. (Ret.) Isak Sattu.

In the indictment, the prosecutor stated that Isak Sattu had been found guilty of committing a crime against humanity.

Jakarta Post - November 16, 2022

Agencies – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Wednesday officially handed over the G20 presidency to India at the end of a summit of the bloc's leaders in Bali.

The Group of 20 major economies adopted a joint leaders' declaration and produced other partnerships, Jokowi said.

Merdeka.com - November 16, 2022

Moh. Kadafi – Seven students were secured by Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officials for holding a demonstration opposing the G20 Summit in Bali on Tuesday November 15. The students are understood to be from the Udayana University (Unud) in Bali and held a peaceful action on Jalan Sudirman in the provincial capital of Denpasar.

November 15, 2022

Reuters - November 15, 2022

Nusa Dua, Bali – A coalition of countries will mobilize $20 billions of public and private finance to help Indonesia shut coal power plants and bring forward the sector's peak emissions date by seven years to 2030, the United States, Japan and partners said on Tuesday.

Tapol - November 15, 2022

On 9th November 2022, Indonesia's 4th cycle of Indonesia's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) began at the UN in Geneva. A total of 108 Member States offered oral statements and recommendations on how Indonesia may be able to improve their human rights situation.

Tabloid Jubi - November 15, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – An advance in the process towards Papua's "Peace Dialogue" with Indonesia occurred in Geneva, Switzerland as the United Liberation Movement for Papua (ULMWP), Indonesia's National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) and the Papuan People's Assembly (MRP) signed the agreement to implement the humanitarian pause on November 11, 2022.

Jakarta Post - November 15, 2022

Vincent Fabian Thomas, Jakarta – China has signed a US$2.6 billion worth of commitment to purchase crude palm oil (CPO) and its derivative products from Indonesia, allowing the archipelagic country to secure a trade boost from its number-one trading partner amid global recession.

Antara News - November 15, 2022

Sella Panduarsa G, Nabil Ihsan, Jakarta – Zero Indonesian provinces recorded a low Human Development Index (HDI) level, with a score of below 60, according to Statistics Indonesia's (BPS') Deputy for Distribution and Services Statistics Setianto.

Jakarta Post - November 15, 2022

Yerica Lai, Nusa Dua, Bali – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo asked Group of 20 leaders to show wisdom and not allow the world to "fall into another cold war" as he opened the G20 Leader's Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Tuesday morning

Tempo - November 15, 2022

Greenpeace, Jakarta – Ahead of the G20 Summit, activists from Greenpeace Indonesia projected a message that reads "Just Energy Transition NOW" on the popular Melasti Beach cliff located in South Bali. The environmental watchdog hopes that this message will urge leaders to step up on their climate change commitments.

ULMWP Press Release - November 15, 2022

Below is an open letter signed by over 140 organisations and individuals in support of the ULMWP's Green State Vision, which was unveiled last year at COP26.

Open letter

Tempo - November 15, 2022

Riani Sanusi Putri (Majalah Tempo), Jakarta – Indonesia's Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto highlighted food security issues in Global Food Security Forum, held on the sidelines of this week's Group of Twenty (G20) Summit, in Nusa Dua, Bali.

Jakarta Post - November 15, 2022

Deni Ghifari, Jakarta – Food insecurity has become one of the most talked about issues on the global stage as the staple food supply chain continues to be disrupted by the war in Ukraine. Experts argue that tempeh and cassava could be the answer to the problem.

Tempo - November 15, 2022

Haris Setyawan, Jakarta – Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko has announced his plans to run as a presidential candidate in the 2024 Presidential Election at a religious event titled "Tabligh Akbar" in Depok on November 9, 2022.

Indonesia at Melbourne - November 15, 2022

Jacqui Baker – The last half of 2022 has seen the Indonesian National Police (Polri) beset by a series of rolling scandals that have exposed police negligence and brutality to the world.

Jakarta Post - November 15, 2022

Zack Petersen, Jakarta – 'What I've learned' is a new column that presents candid interviews with policymakers, artists, activists and businesspeople on facing challenges and making a difference.

Jakarta Post - November 15, 2022

Yerica Lai, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his United States counterpart Joe Biden agreed on Monday to deepen "concrete" Indo-Pacific cooperation as they unveiled a number of new US investment pledges in Indonesia.

Tempo - November 15, 2022

Ilona Esterina Piri, Arya Prasetya (Intern), Jakarta – A number of events and discussions held in Bali were forced to be dismissed ahead of the G20 Summit this week.

New Mandala - November 15, 2022

Aulia Hadi – On Oct 1st, 2022, 33 years after the Hillsborough disaster in Sheffield a stadium tragedy reoccurred. This time, one of the world's worst stadium disasters happened in Kanjuruhan Stadium, Indonesia, with at least 125 supporters killed at a match between Arema FC and Persebaya FC. After losing the game 2-3, upset Arema supporters reportedly invaded the pitch.

Tempo - November 15, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The West Jakarta City Government is evaluating the leaders of neighborhood and community units (RT and RW) in Kalideres, after a family of four was found dead in their home at Citra Garden housing complex, West Jakarta on Thursday night.

Tabloid Jubi - November 15, 2022

Enarotali, Jubi – Chaos occurred in Moanemani area in Dogiyai Regency on Saturday, November 12, 2022, following the death of a toddler in a traffic accident in Ikebo Village, Kamuu District.