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November 3, 2022

Tabloid Jubi - November 3, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Chairman of the Papua Customary Council (DAP) Extraordinary Congress Version Dominggus Surabut said the council together with a coalition of civil organizations formed an investigation team related to the death of Papuan nation figure Filep Karma.

Reuters - November 3, 2022

Jakarta – Authorities in East Nusa Tenggara have halted the search for 17 missing passengers from a boat that caught fire while at sea last week, believing the probability of their survival to be low, a local rescue official said on Wednesday.

Channel News Asia - November 3, 2022

Nusa Dua, Indonesia – The stronger price of crude oil is making a higher mix of bio-content in fuel increasingly more feasible for Indonesia, which currently has a mandatory 30 per cent mix of palm oil in biodiesel, a senior cabinet minister told an industry conference on Thursday (Nov 3).

Jakarta Globe - November 3, 2022

Jakarta – The Indonesian government has launched a complete switch from analog television to digital since midnight on Wednesday but several broadcasters continued to air on analog channels on Thursday morning.

At least four networks belonging to media conglomeration Multi Nusantara Citra and a broadcaster under Viva Group remained available on analog televisions.

November 2, 2022

Asia Pacific Report - November 2, 2022

Laurens Ikinia – Many organisations, NGOs, churches and student leaders have called on the Indonesian government in Jakarta to consider Papua Governor Lukas Enembe's health problems with kindness.

Jakarta Post - November 2, 2022

Theresia Sufa, Bogor, West Java – Residents of Tempur village in Jepara, Central Java, have reported that Javan leopards, a critically endangered species, have been preying on their livestock in recent weeks.

"Four goats have been killed in the past month," Tempur resident Junaedi told Detik on Thursday.

Jakarta Post - November 2, 2022

News Desk, Jakarta – The Yogyakarta administration has reported a spike in daily new COVID-19 cases, with nearly 1,000 total active cases as of Tuesday.

Administration spokesperson Ditya Nanaryo Aji said Yogyakarta had recorded 124 new infections on Tuesday, bringing the number of active cases to 986.

Jakarta Post - November 2, 2022

Vincent Fabian Thomas, Jakarta – Inflation slowed in October following a drop in a wide range of food commodities, but analysts expect the drop to be temporary as risks overshadow the economy in the remaining weeks of the year.

Jakarta Post - November 2, 2022

Tonggo Simangunsong, Jakarta – Passed down for generations, some believe that local Batak wisdom is the solution to deforestation.

For some Batak people of Indonesia, the only way at this point to rail against constant mass deforestation is to embrace local wisdom.

Dazed - November 2, 2022

In February 1998, resistance towards Indonesia's president, Soeharto, and his New Order regime reached boiling point. His military-dominated government was defined as centralised, strong and heavy-handed, and committed rampant human rights violations against political dissidents, resistance movements and, increasingly, women.

Asia Pacific Report - November 2, 2022

David Robie – A tragic day of mourning. Thousands thronged the West Papuan funeral cortege today and tonight as the banned Morning Star led the way in defiance of the Indonesian military.

There haven't been so many Papuan flags flying under the noses of the security forces since the 2019 Papuan Uprising.

The Guardian - November 2, 2022

Christopher Knaus – The Australian government has been ordered to attempt to negotiate a settlement with more than 100 Indonesians who say they were wrongly imprisoned as adult people smugglers when they were children, on the basis of flawed medical evidence.

Eurasia Review - November 2, 2022

Sulthan Haidar Dziban – The agricultural sector is one of the most important and most strategic sectors for the survival of a country, without food the country could be in a position of chaos and bankruptcy. According to data in 2020, the Production of rice in Indonesia is in second place after palm oil as the largest food commodity production figure at 54 million.

Indonesia at Melbourne - November 2, 2022

Maidina Rahmawati – Police involvement in the illicit drug market is in the headlines again, after recently installed East Java Police Chief Teddy Minahasa was arrested on 14 October for allegedly trafficking confiscated methamphetamine.

Tabloid Jubi - November 2, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Spokesperson for the Papua Peace Network (JDP) Cristian Yan Warinussy said the persecution allegedly carried out by Indonesian Military (TNI) soldiers against three children in Keerom Regency on October 27, 2022, was very degrading to humanity. The Papua Peace Network urges the government to stop the military approach in resolving conflicts in Papua.

Fulcrum - November 2, 2022

Wahyudi Akmaliah – The popularity of so-called halal matchmaking apps is a positive development provided developers and users alike remain clear-eyed about their claims to serve Islam.

Tabloid Jubi - November 2, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Free Papua activist Filep Karma passed away at 63 on Tuesday, November 1, 2022. Karma's daughter Andrefina Karma confirmed that his father died in a diving accident in the waters of Base G Beach, Jayapura City.

The Guardian - November 2, 2022

Daniel Hurst – Indonesia's ambassador to Australia has raised new concerns about the sharing of advanced weapons technology under the Aukus security agreement, warning that it must not fuel a hypersonic arms race in the region.

Coconuts Jakarta - November 2, 2022

You're driving down the road when you spot a billboard for laundry detergent. As you approach the giant advertising structure, you see that it depicts a red bra and pink panties being hanged to dry. You are distracted. You are enraged.

That is apparently how people in Pekalongan Regency, Central Java reacted to a billboard ad, leading to its removal.

Reuters - November 2, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesian police firing tear gas was the main trigger for a deadly football stampede at a stadium in East Java last month, the country's human rights commission found in a report on the incident released on Wednesday.

Al Jazeera - November 2, 2022

The excessive and indiscriminate use of tear gas by police was the main cause of a deadly crush at a football stadium in East Java last month that left 135 people dead, Indonesia's human rights commission has found.

The Guardian - November 2, 2022

Ben Doherty – The human rights campaigner Filep Karma – one of West Papua's most famous former political prisoners – has been found dead on a beach in Jayapura, sparking calls for a full and independent inquiry into his death.

Detik Sulsel - November 2, 2022

Jonh Roy Purba, Jayapura – The Morning Star independence flag and the flag of the pro-independence West Papua National Committee (KNPB) was flown when the body of West Papua activist Filep Jacob Samuel Karma was taken to be buried on Wednesday November 2. The two flags were flown in the midst of the crowd of Karma's sympathisers.

Human Rights Watch News Release - November 2, 2022

Andreas Harsono – Filep Karma, a prominent Papuan activist and former political prisoner, was found dead Monday on a beach in the Papuan city of Jayapura.

November 1, 2022

Jakarta Post - November 1, 2022

A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – A new study has found that some cities in Indonesia are among the places that "climate shifts" have occurred the most, in that climate change has strongly influenced daily temperature and weather phenomena.

Jakarta Post - November 1, 2022

A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – Indonesia is betting big on mangrove restoration in its contribution to global climate change mitigation, but experts say conservation will be just as essential if not more important in maximizing the role of mangroves in mitigating climate change.

Reuters - November 1, 2022

Jakarta – The Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) said on Monday it had revoked licences for syrup-type drug production by two local firms for violating manufacturing rules, as it investigates the deaths of more than 150 children due to acute kidney injury (AKI).

Tempo - November 1, 2022

Ima Dini Shafira, Imaji Lasahido (Intern), Jakarta – Member of the West Java Golkar and DPD, Ace Hasan Syadzily, said his party still consistently urges the chairperson, Airlangga Hartarto, to run for presidential candidates in 2024. He said that Golkar party would present Airlangga's name to the United Indonesia Coalition (KIB).

Tabloid Jubi - November 1, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Rahmat Paisei, 14, one of the three children allegedly persecuted by the Indonesian Military (TNI) members has not been able to eat. Paisei's family demanded that TNI soldiers who committed the torture to be prosecuted.

Jakarta Globe - November 1, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia Stock Exchange, or IDX, the country's sole securities bourse, has been working toward developing a carbon exchange system to support the government's initiative to establish a carbon trading scheme in the Southeast Asian country.

Coconuts Jakarta - November 1, 2022

Low cost carrier Lion Air has filed a defamation complaint against a comedy collective over a skit that took aim at the airline's safety record.

Benar News - November 1, 2022

Victor Mambor and Nazarudin Latif, Jayapura, Indonesia and Jakarta – Filep Karma, a prominent Papuan pro-independence activist and longtime former political prisoner of Indonesia, was found dead on a Jayapura beach Tuesday after apparently drowning during a diving trip, police said. He was 63.

Jakarta Post - November 1, 2022

Divya Karyza, Jakarta – Indonesia takes baby steps toward the country's net-zero emissions goal by introducing three schemes to retire coal-fired power plants early. Experts have expressed optimism that stakeholders would be able to move forward with the plan despite the long-winded process.

Detik News - November 1, 2022

Brigitta Belia Permata Sari, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Mahfud MD says that not all human rights cases can be taken to court. According to Mahfud, there a number of obstacles which make it difficult to settle these cases in court.

VOI - November 1, 2022

Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia Executive Director Usman Hamid is urging the government to investigate the cause of Filep Karma's death. The call was made after the Papua activist was found dead on Base G Beach in Jayapura on Tuesday November 1.

Jakarta Globe - November 1, 2022

Heru Andriyanto, Serang – The Drug and Food Supervisory Agency, or BPOM, on Monday made a shocking revelation that a pharmaceutical company based in the Banten capital of Serang has used ethylene glycol (EG) 100 times the safe limit in its paracetamol syrup.

Liputan 6 - November 1, 2022

Ady Anugrahadi, Jakarta – Police have again summoned Lokataru Foundation Director Haris Azhar and Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) Coordinator Fatia Maulidiyanti for questioning as suspects in a case of alleged defamation.

Republika - November 1, 2022

Amri Amrullah, Jakarta – The Denny JA Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) has released its latest survey on "Political Parties and the Growth of Pro-Islamic Law [Voters]".

October 31, 2022

Tempo - October 31, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Indonesia would need 17 million technologically literate workers, or workers who are able to use and manage technology, stated State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir on Sunday.

Tabloid JUBI - October 31, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Jhon Paisei said that his son, Rahmat Paisei (14) and his two friends, Bastian Bate (13) and Laurents Kaung (11) were tortured using chains, wire reels, and water hoses by members of the Indonesian Military (TNI).

Jakarta Post - October 31, 2022

Yerica Lai, Jakarta – The US$13.9 billion worth of purchase by the Indonesian Defense Ministry of the F-15 Eagle heavyweight fighters from the United States remains in negotiations, Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto has said.

Tempo - October 31, 2022

Bisnis.Com, Jakarta – The Manpower Ministry showed a sign regarding the hike in workers' minimum wage (UMP) in 2023 which will be announced at the end of November 2022. Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah said her side was still finalizing the matter by considering workers' suggestions.

Jakarta Globe - October 31, 2022

Jakarta – The rampant cases of acute kidney injury (AKI) among children were "most likely" caused by the use of contaminated syrup medicines because the number has dropped significantly since the government banned their prescription and sales, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said on Sunday.

Jakarta Globe - October 31, 2022

Stevani Wijaya, Jakarta – The National Police are investigating three pharmaceutical companies for allegations that they have supplied syrup medicines contaminated with unsafe chemicals linked to a surge in acute kidney injury cases among children, a high-ranking officer said on Monday.

Jakarta Post - October 31, 2022

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – Megawati Soekarnoputri, the matriarch of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), is facing a dilemma in selecting the party's nomination for the 2024 presidential election.

October 30, 2022

Channel News Asia - October 30, 2022

Nivell Rayda, Jakarta – The deaths of more than 150 children in Indonesia have sparked concern among parents over the safety of drugs sold in one of the world's most populous nations.

Last week, the Indonesian Ministry of Health imposed a blanket ban on all syrup medications, suspecting that some had been tainted with diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol.

Global Voices - October 30, 2022

Arpan Rachman – After a temporary pause due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Indonesia is continuing its long-term plan of moving its capital from Jakarta to a new location in East Kalimantan on the island of Borneo, also known as the IKN project.

Tempo - October 30, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – As many as 3 people have been killed and one person has been reported missing following the recent flood in South Lampung district, Lampung province, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has reported.

October 29, 2022

Jakarta Globe - October 29, 2022

Investor Daily, Jakarta – State-run telecommunication company Telkom (TLKM) recorded a net profit of Rp 16.58 trillion ($1 billion) for the nine months ending September 30 of the year, down 12.3 percent year-on-year.

Antara News - October 29, 2022

Ni Rhismawati, Uyu Liman, Denpasar, Bali – The Denpasar city government along with the military and police have cleaned the mangrove forest area in the Ngurah Rai City Forest and Luhur Candi Narmada Temple ahead of the 2022 G20 Summit.