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November 10, 2022

Tribune Papua - November 10, 2022

Aldi Bimantara, Jayapura – A protest action in which Morning Star independence flags were flown by a group of students on the Jayapura Science and Technology University (USTJ) campus in Abepura has ended with seven students being arrested by police.

Jakarta Globe - November 10, 2022

Investor Daily, Cikarang – The Indonesian government on Wednesday broke ground for the first national data center facility in the Jakarta outskirt of Cikarang to support the e-government program and integrate state online apps.

Tempo - November 10, 2022

Bisnis.Com, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan spoke in response to reports of Russian President Vladimir Putin who will not attend the Bali G20 Summit on November 15- November 16.

Jakarta Post - November 10, 2022

Dio Suhenda, Jakarta – The Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) revoked two more pharmaceutical companies' licenses to produce medicinal syrups on Wednesday, bringing to five the total number of firms sanctioned for the manufacture of toxic medicines linked to deadly cases of acute kidney injury (AKI).

Detik Jatim - November 10, 2022

M Bagus Ibrahim, Malang – As many as 135 biers were carried in a procession from the Gajayana Stadium to the Malang City Hall or the Malang city monument traffic circle in East Java. The solidarity action was held to commemorate 40 days since the Kanjuruhan Football Stadium tragedy.

Tempo - November 10, 2022

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – Greenpeace Indonesia has officially withdrawn its team of cyclists who were pedaling to Bali ahead of the G20 Summit in a campaign touted 'Chasing the Shadow' which highlights the climate effects across Indonesian regions.

Associated Press - November 10, 2022

Malang, Indonesia – Thousands of people in Indonesia rallied Thursday demanding justice and a thorough investigation into those they blame for the stampede at Kanjuruhan soccer stadium that left 135 people dead last month.

Jakarta Globe - November 10, 2022

Fana Suparman, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, named a Supreme Court justice a suspect on Wednesday for allegedly taking bribes in an ongoing graft investigation which also implicates another justice, according to sources.

The new suspect is identified by the initials GS, according to people familiar with the investigation.

Jakarta Globe - November 10, 2022

Beritasatu, Jakarta – Veronika Lindawati, a commissioner of Panin Investment, stood trial on Wednesday on charges of paying tax officials 500,000 Singapore dollars ($356,000) to get a huge tax discount for sister company Bank Panin.

Indo Pos - November 10, 2022

Jakarta – Greenpeace says that the Defense Department's food estate project will clear some 3 million hectares of forest in Central Kalimantan and that the government has already exploited large areas of forest and peatland for the project.

CNN Indonesia - November 10, 2022

Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia media and campaign manager Nurina Savitri says that there are still many articles with the potential to violate human rights in the latest version of the Draft Criminal Code (RKUHP), which the government has already handed over the House of Representatives (DPR).

Tempo - November 10, 2022

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko warned the public not to be swayed and trapped in conflict-prone political rivalries as Indonesia is set to enter a "political year" before the 2024 General Elections. Moeldoko said this at an event with religious figures in Cirebon, West Java.

November 9, 2022

Tempo - November 9, 2022

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – The number of Indonesia's COVID-19 cases has increased rapidly in the past month. The Health Ministry recorded a surge in hospitalized patients between October 4 and November 8, 2022, from 2,300 to above 5,000.

Tempo - November 9, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin informed on Tuesday that most patients who undergo COVID-19 treatment at hospitals are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms.

Jakarta Globe - November 9, 2022

Herman, Depok – The Drug and Food Supervisory Agency, or BPOM, has expanded the list of syrup medicines being recalled for containing harmful chemicals after a recent crackdown on pharmaceutical companies.

At least 73 syrup medicines are banned for containing ethylene glycol (EG) and diethylene glycol (DEG) at an amount toxic to humans.

Tempo - November 9, 2022

Gadis Oktaviani, Jakarta – Professor Hasbullah Thabrany, Lead Co-Chair of Global Health Security and COVID-19 Task Force T20 Indonesia, on Sunday explained that cases of cancer in the country are seeing an unfortunate rise, which he said are mostly caused by nicotine consumption through smoking.

Jakarta Globe - November 9, 2022

Marko Lackovic, Kar Min Lim – Southeast Asia faces a pivotal moment in its shared regional energy future. As the largest economy and regional emitter, Indonesia will be critical in steering the path ahead.

Jakarta Post - November 9, 2022

Andre Simangunsong, Jakarta – The release of the latest Indonesian economic data this week raises hope for continuing recovery and a strong performance in the last quarter of 2022. Despite growing at a slower pace quarterly than Q2 2022, we need to note that growth of 5.72 percent was achieved even after the government increased fuel prices in early September.

Mongabay - November 9, 2022

Jaka Hendra Baittri, West Pasaman, Indonesia – Eren says he can't forget the day in 2000 when he fled from the plantation security guards.

Tabloid Jubi - November 9, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Head of the Papua Office of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM Papua) Frits Ramandey on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, announced the results of the commission's investigation into the persecution of three children in Keerom Regency. Komnas HAM Papua suspected the persecution was carried out by dozen of Indonesian Military (TNI) soldiers.

Jakarta Globe - November 9, 2022

Jakarta – The Indonesian Football Association, or PSSI, on Tuesday urged the government to allow the resumption of the country's top-tier competition Liga 1, which has been suspended since the October 1 deadly crush that killed over 130 people in the East Java town of Malang.

Koran Tempo - November 9, 2022

Rosseno Aji, Made Argawa (Bali), Fenti Gustina, Arya Prasetya (Interns), Jakarta – I Gede Robi Supriyanto (43) never expected that the public discussion touted the "Bali for Climate Aspiration Platform and Youth Arts" initially planned to be held on Saturday, November 5, at one of Denpasar's coffee venues would be canceled.

Jakarta Post - November 9, 2022

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – Democratic Party chairman Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono has been persistent in his efforts to secure a place as Anies Baswedan's running mate in the 2024 presidential election. With the party's electability on the rise amid intense coalition talks, Agus has redoubled efforts recently by seeking the blessing of NasDem Party chairman Surya Paloh.

Jakarta Post - November 9, 2022

Jakarta – The Jakarta administration is beefing up its preparations for the extreme weather that is forecast to hit the capital until February as a result of the La Nina weather phenomenon, which typically causes intense rainfall in Indonesia.

Japan Today - November 9, 2022

Jakarta – A Japanese man has been arrested in Indonesia for staging a protest against the Group of 20 summit to be held in the country next week, the immigration office said Tuesday.

Tempo - November 9, 2022

Riri Rahayu, Jakarta – Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) reported new findings after investigating the source of the raw material for the solvent of medicinal syrups, which is allegedly the cause of acute kidney injury among children.

November 8, 2022

Jakarta Globe - November 8, 2022

Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati is in a buoyant mood after the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) reports on Indonesia's robust economic growth in the third quarter and uninterrupted surpluses in international trade for over two years, saying on Monday that Indonesia will continue to be "the bright spot" of the global economy.

Kompas.com - November 8, 2022

Fitria Chusna Farisa, Jakarta – Institute for Democracy and Strategic Affairs (Indostrategic) Executive Director Ahmad Khoirul Umam says that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's statement on the chances of Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto winning the 2024 presidential elections (Pilpres) reveals many political signals.

CNN Indonesia - November 8, 2022

Jakarta – The Greenpeace Chasing the Shadow bicycle team has been repeatedly blocked and intimidated during its journey through Central Java to Bali. This began after they arrived in Semarang and continued as they made their way to Probolinggo.

Tabloid Jubi - November 8, 2022

Manokwari, Jubi- The West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) warns gold panners throughout Papua to stop their activity, otherwise, the TPNPB says it will kill all those who come to do gold panning.

Tempo - November 8, 2022

Antara – Imaji Lasahido (Intern), Jakarta – The Ministry of Home Affairs is re-enforcing health protocols and booster vaccinations of Covid-19 in the extension of the implementation of restrictions on community activities (PPKM) in all regions in Indonesia.

Kompas.com - November 8, 2022

Syakirun Niam, Jakarta – The Indonesian immigration office will deport foreign nationals (WNA) who hold protest actions against the G20 Summit which will be held in Bali next week.

Tempo - November 8, 2022

Arrijal Rachman, Jakarta – The team of cyclists from Greenpeace Indonesia, under the 'chasing the shadow' campaign, who were pedaling their way to the G20 Summit in Bali has reportedly been subject to intimidation as they were passing East Java's Probolinggo.

Antara News - November 8, 2022

Melalusa Susthira, Nabil Ihsan, Jakarta – Commission II of the House of Representatives (DPR) is targeting to complete the government regulation in lieu of the election law for the newly-formed Papuan provinces by December.

Jakarta Post - November 8, 2022

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has made an off-the-cuff remark that appears to endorse Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto as the country's next head of state.

CNN Indonesia - November 8, 2022

Jakarta – Greenpeace Indonesia says that the hindrance and intimidation against the Chasing the Shadows bicycle team which is conducting a bike tour and campaign on the climate crisis resembles the authoritarian practices of Suharto's New Order regime.

Tempo - November 8, 2022

Khory Alfarizi, Riri Rahayu, Jakarta – The Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto claims Indonesia's employment continues to show positive signs of growth which he believes coincides with Indonesia's economy that has grown to a claimed 5.72 percent (YoY) during the third quarter in 2022. He mentioned this during a virtual press conference on November 7.

UCA News - November 8, 2022

A church official in Indonesia's restive Christian-majority Papua region has deplored the killing of a gold miner by an armed criminal group and called for an end to the exploitation of resources that continues to breed violence.

Tempo - November 8, 2022

Riri Rahayu, Arrijal Rachman, Imaji Lasahido (Intern), Jakarta – The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) has stated that working conditions in Indonesia have improved. Head of BPS, Margo Yuwono, said the improvement is observed by the increasing proportion of full-time workers.

CNBC - November 8, 2022

Su-Lin Tan – On Monday, Indonesia posted year-on-year GDP growth of 5.72% for the July to September quarter, higher than last quarter's growth of 5.44.

Tempo - November 8, 2022

Nabila Nursharifa (Intern), Jakarta – The National Committee for Tobacco Control on Monday proposes a government increase in tobacco excise tax with the aim of greatly reducing cigarette consumption.

Tabloid Jubi - November 8, 2022

Wasior, Jubi – Survivors and families of victims of the 2001 Bloody Wasior tragedy in Wondama Bay Regency, West Papua, demanded the government's accountability for the suffering and losses they have experienced since the case.

Sydney Criminal Lawyers - November 8, 2022

Paul Gregoire – Fierce West Papuan resistance figure, Filep Karma, was found dead on Jayapura Beach on 1 November under suspicious circumstances.

The experienced diver supposedly drowned whilst surfing. He was with four Indonesians at the time, and no investigation is likely to be forthcoming.

Indonesia at Melbourne - November 8, 2022

Wahyudi Akmaliah – After holding successful events in 2018 and 2019, "born again" Muslim and former MTV VJ Arie Untung and his team had big plans for "Hijrahfest" in Surabaya from 14-16 October 2022.

Tempo - November 8, 2022

Mirza Bagaskara, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) examined a number of witnesses in the alleged corruption case of the Papua Regional Budget (APBD) that ensnared Papuan Governor Lukas Enembe, on Monday, November 7, 2022. Among the ten witnesses was the Regional Secretary Ridwan Ruikutun.

November 7, 2022

Jakarta Post Editorial - November 7, 2022

Jakarta – While Indonesia is often deemed the largest start-up producer in Southeast Asia, the number of unicorns spawned in this country continues to fall behind Singapore.

At the same time, start-up founders here keep looking to the neighboring city state as the "Mecca" for attracting pre-seed and seed funding from foreign investors.

Tempo - November 7, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesia Police Watch (IPW) on Monday urged the National Police Chief to form a dedicated team to investigate the circulating rumors of illegal mining firms paying a high-ranking police officer for protection services. IPW chairperson Sugeng Teguh Santoso warns that such rumors if left unaddressed, would destroy the institution's reputation.

Tempo - November 7, 2022

Moh Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – A newly published analysis by the Social and Economic Research Institution at the University of Indonesia's Economy and Business School (LPEM FEB UI) explains that Indonesia's economic growth exceeds initial expectations after logging a 5.44 percent year-on-year growth in the second quarter of 2022. This is the second highest since 2013.

Tempo - November 7, 2022

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has received the Al Hasan bin Ali international peace award from the Abu Dhabi Forum for Peace (ADFP). State secretary Pratikno, in announcing the news on Monday, explained that Hasan bin Ali is the grandchild of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.

Suara.com - November 7, 2022

Chandra Iswinarno – Repressive acts have again been committed by police, this time it targeted the residents of the Kalasey Dua Village in Minahasa, North Sulawesi, on Monday November 7. The incident was also marred by violent arrests, the firing of teargas and verbal abuse against residents.