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June 26, 2022

Tempo - June 26, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Cultural Affairs, Muhadjir Effendy, has called for collaboration among parties, particularly parents, to prevent child marriage, which can negatively affect children's growth.

June 25, 2022

Straits Times - June 25, 2022

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – A viral Instagram selfie video uploaded recently by the daughter of the chairman of Indonesia's ruling political party has drawn flak for depicting President Joko Widodo as being summoned by a superior.

Jakarta Globe - June 25, 2022

Novy Lumanauw, Bogor – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has instructed his cabinet to make sure that Taiwanese tech company Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd (Foxconn) materializes investments in battery and electric vehicle industries here without any hurdle, Investment Minister Bahlil Lahadalia said on Saturday.

Antara News - June 25, 2022

Tri Melani A, Suharto, Jakarta – Greater Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Chairman Prabowo Subianto drew parallels between his party and the Democrat Party in terms of the ideology, vision, and commitment, thereby enabling sound political communication at all times.

Agence France-Presse - June 25, 2022

Jakarta – A popular Indonesian bar chain is being investigated for blasphemy over a free alcohol promotion for patrons named Muhammad, police said Friday, after it sparked uproar in the world's largest Muslim-majority country.

Kompas.com - June 25, 2022

Rahel Narda Chaterine, Jakarta – Criminal law expert Suparji Ahmad from the Indonesian Al Azhar University says that the Draft Criminal Code (RUU KUHP or RKUHP) still has nuances of colonialism.

June 24, 2022

Jakarta Post Editorial - June 24, 2022

Jakarta – The United States Federal Reserve's rate increase of 75 basis points on June 15 and its indication of another three-quarter-point hike in July still did not cause Bank Indonesia (BI) to budge and raise its policy rate, thereby bucking the money-tightening trend around the world to fight inflation.

International Federation of Journalists Press Release - June 24, 2022

Members of student press organisation LPM Lintas, at the State Institute for Islamic Studies (IAIN) Ambon, have faced ongoing threats and intimation after publishing an investigative story on sexual harassment.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 24, 2022

Holywings has pledged the sternest of sanctions towards its promotions team after the popular chain of nightlife establishments posted a drinks promo containing blasphemous overtones.

Tabloid JUBI - June 24, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papuan Peace Network (JDP) calls for a humanitarian pause to end all armed conflicts in Papua and start a peaceful dialogue.

Sindo News - June 24, 2022

Muhammad Farhan, Jakarta – The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) is calling for changes to be made to 14 articles in the Draft Criminal code (RKUHP) which threaten press freedom. The 14 articles are found in the draft of the law which was discussed by the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission III on May 25.

Jakarta Globe - June 24, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – The Health Ministry on Friday announced that Indonesia has not identified any case of monkeypox, a transmissible disease that causes rash, fever, and swollen lymph nodes.

"No cases [of monkeypox] have been detected so far in Indonesia," the ministry's spokesman Mohammad Syahril told a virtual press briefing on Friday.

Antara News - June 24, 2022

Putu Indah S, Mecca Yumna, Jakarta – The National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT) has said that the Army is one of the main forces assisting it in implementing the national counter-terrorism strategy.

Antara News - June 24, 2022

Rangga PAJ, Fardah, Jakarta – Head of the Presidential Staff Office (KSP) Moeldoko called to ensure that every order, wish, and statement of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is run on the field.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 24, 2022

Several busybodies who appear to take offense to the marriage between an interfaith couple in Surabaya have filed a lawsuit against a court decision to uphold their union.

CNN Indonesia - June 24, 2022

Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia has criticised a case involving three Andalas University (Unand) Student Executive Council Student Community (BEM KM) leaders who have been summoned by police over the uploading of a poster reading "President Joko Widodo KKN in the Village of the Dancers".

Tempo - June 24, 2022

Eka Yudha Saputra, Jakarta – The Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry cooperated with state-owned electricity firm PLN and state-owned gas and oil firm Pertamina to accelerate the conversion of fuel-powered motorbikes to electric ones.

The Conversation - June 24, 2022

Claudia Stoicescu – On a balmy day in 2009, Adinda Amalia (not a real name) and her boyfriend were arrested after they were caught injecting heroin in an informal shooting gallery – a derelict property in a South Jakarta slum. The arrests followed a police raid on the area.

Rappler.com - June 24, 2022

Inday Espina-Varona – Augusto "Gus" Miclat's experience as an activist and peace builder in Mindanao during the years of struggle against the Marcos dictatorship grounded him while helping the people of East Timor weather the violence that dogged their struggle for independence.

Tabloid JUBI - June 24, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papuan Institute for Human Rights Studies and Advocacy (ELSHAM) in a press release said Papua was like a constant battlefield, plagued by conflict since it became part of Indonesia.

June 23, 2022

Tempo - June 23, 2022

Jakarta (Antara) – As the capital city of Jakarta celebrates its 495th anniversary, the University of Indonesia (UI) student executive body (BEM) reminded the public that the city still faces a serious health issue in the form of poor air quality caused by pollution.

Tabloid JUBI - June 23, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Student Solidarity of the Meepago Region in Jayapura said the Papua expansion plan by the government was an attempt to exploit Papua's natural resources. This was stated by Yapinus as the Solidarity's coordinator during his speech at Mimika Dormitory, Jayapura City, on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

The Diplomat - June 23, 2022

Sebastian Strangio – The Indonesian government has confirmed earlier reports that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will pay visits to Ukraine and Russia next week to push for a resolution to their ongoing war, the first such visit by any Asian leader.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 23, 2022

A 3-year-old boy tragically shot to death his 5-year-old brother, in what police have described as an accident.

The children of popular Islamic preacher Arrazy Hasyim were in Tuban, East Java, for a family trip. They were traveling with Arrazy's bodyguard, a police officer who goes by the initial M.

Asia Pacific Report - June 23, 2022

A new Asia Pacific social justice research and publication nonprofit has awarded a diversity communications trophy to a West Papuan postgraduate student who has advocated for the education and welfare of his fellow students.

Several dozen Papuan students trying to complete their studies were stranded in Aotearoa New Zealand by a sudden scholarship cancellation.

The Economist - June 23, 2022

Denpasar – Bureaucrats have a reputation for being boring. But not in Indonesia, whose civil service is full of dangerous radicals, according to the government itself. Officials regularly declare that a worryingly high share of public-sector workers are in fact Islamist extremists.

Tempo - June 23, 2022

Jakarta – The Jakarta Environment Office has urged Jakarta residents to wear masks, especially when venturing outside their homes, as part of anticipatory measures against the recent deterioration in air quality to the unhealthy range.

Reuters - June 23, 2022

Jakarta – Early construction of Indonesia's planned new capital Nusantara is now underway, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo announced during a visit on Wednesday, signalling some progress in a $32 billion project that many experts have doubted would materialise.

Reuters - June 23, 2022

Gayatri Suroyo and Stefanno Sulaiman, Jakarta – Indonesia's central bank left interest rates at a record low on Thursday, saying it was monitoring risks from rising inflation while downplaying recent pressure on the rupiah currency.

UCA News - June 23, 2022

Ryan Dagur – Activists including church people in Indonesia have backed a move by the state-owned railway to ban sex pests from traveling on trains.

Railway agency PT Kereta Api Indonesia (PT KAI) said in a statement on June 22 that the ban was aimed at deterring such behavior and crimes and to improve safety for passengers

Coconuts Jakarta - June 23, 2022

Pepperidge Farm and those who closely follow Indonesian tech news may remember the Information and Communications Ministry's numerous empty threats to ban major online platforms over administrative issues over the years. Well, the ministry has gone and done it again.

Reuters - June 23, 2022

Alister Doyle, Oslo – Praised as guardians of tropical forests, indigenous peoples have accused governments of failing to follow up billion-dollar pledges in 2021 to enlist their help to halt deforestation.

Tempo - June 23, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Palm Oil Farmers Association (Apkasindo) on Wednesday claims that they found cases where palm oil farmers are starting to show mental health problems caused by the prices of fresh fruit bunch (FFB) that have nosedived. Apkasindo consultant bureau currently oversees 80 palm farmers.

Reuters - June 23, 2022

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Malaysia will on Wednesday receive the first group of Indonesian migrant workers since reopening its borders, with the hopes of easing a major labour shortage in palm oil plantations.

The Diplomat - June 23, 2022

Andi Raihanah Ashar and Muhammad Fauzan Malufti – Indonesia's current administration is racing against time, with only two years to complete the planned modernization of the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI).

Fulcrum - June 23, 2022

Burhanuddin Muhtadi – The recent Indonesian Cabinet reshuffle has seen President Jokowi prioritise political consolidation of power ahead of the 2024 presidential elections.

June 22, 2022

Tabloid JUBI - June 22, 2022

Jakarta, Jubi – Commission II of the House of Representatives overseeing home affairs, in a Working Meeting on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, agreed to form a Working Committee for the Deliberation of Three Bills on the Establishment of Three Provinces in Papua to be completed on June 30, 2022.

Jakarta Post - June 22, 2022

Radhiyya Indra, Jakarta – A global report from security company Fortinet shows that cyberattacks in Asia mostly take place because of the countries' shortage of specialists.

Tempo - June 22, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) has asked the government and the community to step up booster vaccinations as an anticipatory measure against the increase in COVID-19 cases due to the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants.

Tabloid JUBI - June 22, 2022

Merauke, Jubi – A number of Tanah Miring residents visited the Merauke Police on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, to dispute a 53-hectare land in Yaba Maru Village SP 9, Tanah Miring District. The land was purchased by Merauke Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr.

Tempo - June 22, 2022

Ahmad Faiz Ibnu Sani, Jakarta – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto on Tuesday paid a visit to the special forces command of the Kingdom of Cambodia Armed Forces in Phnom Penh. In this opportunity, the Minister was reunited with a number of military personnel he once mentored at the Indonesian Army special forces (Kopassus).

Antara News - June 22, 2022

Tri Meilani A, Resinta S, Jakarta – Indonesian Defense Minister, Prabowo Subianto, expressed keenness to continue cooperation in the development and technology transfer for the main weapon system equipment (alutsista) with Japan during a meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Nobuo Kishi.

The Conversation - June 22, 2022

Benjamin Brown and Satyawan Pudyatmoko, Melbourne, Australia – Mangroves ring the shores of many of Indonesia's more than 17,000 islands. But in the most populated areas, the world's largest mangrove forests have been steadily whittled away, and with them, the ability to store blue carbon.

Tempo - June 22, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The World Bank saw the possibility that Indonesia's economic growth rate could slow down to 4.6 percent this year, affected by unstable global conditions. For 2023, the World Bank predicts Indonesia's growth could be stuck at a level of 4.7 percent.

June 21, 2022

Reuters - June 21, 2022

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, the current chair of the G20 is due to visit Moscow later this month to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indonesia's state news agency cited the country's security minister as saying.

CNN Indonesia - June 21, 2022

Jakarta – The Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) says that the presence of 21 coal fired power stations (PLTU) in nearby Banten province is contributing to the poor air quality in Jakarta.

This was revealed by LBH Jakarta public defender Jeany Sirait in response to Jakarta's air quality, which over the last few days has been rated as the worst in the world.

The Diplomat - June 21, 2022

Aprila Wayar and Johnny Blades – In April of this year, Indonesia's parliament approved a plan to create three new provinces in Papua, the easternmost region of the archipelago.

Jakarta Globe - June 21, 2022

Maria Fatima Bona, Jakarta – Indonesia has recorded more than 1,000 new Covid-19 cases in a day for six consecutive days that should be greeted with alarm, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.

The recent hike was a major setback in the country's fight against the pandemic after successfully containing the daily tally below the 1,000 mark for more than two months.

Jakarta Post - June 21, 2022

Annisa Mu'awanah Sukmawati and Puji Utomo (360info), Yogyakarta – Indonesia holds 6 percent of the world's water potential – fresh water that can be used directly for daily human needs. Despite this, 85 percent of the country is in drought, according to government officials.

Jakarta Globe - June 21, 2022

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo celebrated his 61st birthday on Tuesday surrounded by top executives of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) that became his political vehicle to the country's number one job.