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July 12, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Coconuts Jakarta - July 12, 2019

Ratna Sarumpaet, a former senior campaigner for defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, was sentenced to two years in prison by the South Jakarta District Court yesterday after being found guilty of spreading a hoax during the presidential campaign.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - July 12, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Minister of Health Nila Moeloek barred teachers from cigarette smoking in schools, fearing that the act might be followed by students. Nila said that non-smoking teachers might prevent tobacco use among children.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Tempo - July 12, 2019

Suci Sekarwati, Jakarta – The Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed than an Indonesian worker in Malaysia had reported rape. The woman works as a household helper in Perak.

On July 10, the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur sent a diplomatic note to the Malaysian Foreign Affairs Ministry requesting access to the consular affairs.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Tempo - July 12, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo urged political parties to provide young professionals as candidates for his second-term cabinet.

"I ask political parties to offer young [candidates] and from professionals," said the president today as he opened the Karya Kreatif Indonesia 2019 (2019 Indonesian Creative Works) at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Jakarta Globe - July 12, 2019

Novy Lumanauw, Jakarta – Providing a glimmer of hope to a movement against sexual abuse in Indonesia, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo promised on Friday to swiftly resolve the case involving Baiq Nuril Maknun, who received a prison sentence for recording lewd comments by a man who sexually harassed her.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Prisoners & Wrongful Imprisonment
Reuters - July 12, 2019

Agustinus Beo Da Costa, Jakarta – Indonesia has granted clemency to a Canadian teacher convicted of sexually abusing students, an official said on Friday, in a case that critics say was riddled with irregularities and threw a spotlight on the Southeast Asian country's justice system.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Coconuts Bali - July 12, 2019

Bali's provincial government is set to designate Benoa Bay as a maritime conservation site soon, but, with several other massive infrastructure projects also planned in the southern part of the island, activists are urging officials to also consider stopping those that might also pose a threat to the environment, just as the Benoa Bay reclamation project did before politicians rece

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
China Dialogue - July 12, 2019

Nithin Coca – Indonesia's anti-corruption watchdog has accused the head of the state-owned electricity distribution monopoly of facilitating bribery, linking him to a case that has led to the arrest of nine people, including the ex social affairs minister and another member of parliament.

News ›› West Papua ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Radio New Zealand - July 12, 2019

Advocates for West Papua in New Zealand are protesting a major Pacific trade show put on by Indonesia.

About a dozen people including New Zealand MP Marama Davidson have gathered in Auckland to oppose the Pacific Exposition.

News ›› East Timor ›› Health & Education
Dili Weekly - July 12, 2019

Paulina Quintao – The National Commission for Combating HIV/AIDS in Timor-Leste (KNKS-TL) is standing by its decision to not socialize about condom use to the public as a prevention method for HIV transmission despite receiving strong critiques from organizations and groups.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Coconuts Jakarta - July 12, 2019

A hotel with clear windows in Purwokerto, Central Java, has corrupted the minds of the town's children, locals allege, resulting in their protest against the establishment yesterday evening.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
CNN Indonesia - July 12, 2019

Surabaya – A group of people from the Brantas River Coalition to Stop Imported Plastic Trash (Bracsip) held a protest action not far from the US Consulate General in Citra Raya Niaga, Surabaya, on Friday July 12.

They were protesting imported plastic waste which is alleged to have been illegally smuggled into Indonesia from the US.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - July 12, 2019

Dias Prasongko, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named Riau Islands Governor Nurdin Basirun suspect in the alleged bribery of a permit for reclamation plan in the province. The permit was planned to be used to built tourist resorts.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Tempo - July 12, 2019

Ahmad Faiz Ibnu Sani, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo or Jokowi said he will maintain a number of ministers in the current cabinet for his second administration term.

"[I'll keep] many [of the ministers]," he shortly said after opening the 2019 Karya Kreatif Indonesia in Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), Friday, July 12.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Tempo - July 12, 2019

Friski Riana, Jakarta – After blaming the Indonesian government for Rizieq Shihab's current situation, the head of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) legal aid, Sugito Atmo Prawiro, said he would set up consolidation among FPI members to collect enough funds to settle the FPI leader's hefty fine.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - July 12, 2019

Jakarta – Amid the spotlight on worsening air pollution in the capital city, the Jakarta Health Agency has advised residents to wear better quality face masks in order to prevent pollutants from entering their lungs.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - July 12, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Iron and Steel Industry Association (IISIA) has expressed concern over the large influx of imported steel amid the declining national steel industry marked by the need to restructure state-owned steel maker PT Krakatau Steels.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - July 12, 2019

Jakarta – Manufacturing sector exports grew 9.8 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the first five months of 2019 with a value of US$51.06 billion, or 74.59 percent of the country's total exports recorded at $68.46 billion from January to May.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Al Jezeera - July 12, 2019

A woman, facing six months in prison in Indonesia for recording a lewd phone call by her boss as evidence she was being harassed, is expected to receive a presidential amnesty after an outcry over the sentence.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Mongabay - July 12, 2019

Indra Nugraha, Jakarta – Indonesia's anti-corruption agency has charged a governor from the island of Sumatra with bribery in connection to a land reclamation project, in the latest high-profile case of environmental graft in the country.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Sydney Morning Herald - July 12, 2019

James Massola and Aisyah Llewellyn, Jakarta – Nurdin, 38, was resting on the back porch of the Jami Al-Munawaroh Mosque in Sentul City, Bogor, when he heard the sounds of an altercation coming from the entrance.

"I sprinted towards the sound to see what was happening," the mosque cleaner told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, "and saw a woman screaming and shouting.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
CNN Indonesia - July 12, 2019

Surabaya – Two school girls from East Java, Aeshnina Azzahra alias Nina (12) and Zahira Zade (11), have sent hand-written protest letters to US President Donald Trump. The letters were sent through the US Consulate General in the East Java provincial capital of Surabaya.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - July 12, 2019

Ade Ridwan Yandwiputra, Jakarta – Citeureup Sector Police secured 39 empty drums suspected to be previously filled with hazardous and toxic waste (B3 waste) on vacant land in Tajur Village, Citeureup, Bogor, Thursday, July 11.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Tempo - July 12, 2019

Friski Riana, Jakarta – The head of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) legal aid, Sugito Atmo Prawiro, has blamed the Indonesian government for the current immigration hassle on the organization's leader, Rizieq Shihab. He asserted that the hefty fine the FPI leader is facing was not his fault.

July 11, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Jakarta Post - July 11, 2019

Jakarta – Squatters living along the banks of the West Flood Canal in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta know that they are not supposed to dwell in the area, but limited options have forced them to return again and again despite frequent and imminent evictions carried out by the Jakarta administration.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - July 11, 2019

Jakarta – The subdued textile and textile products industry is not impressed by the government policy to offer "jumbo" tax deductions as the industry considers that the safeguard policy will be more helpful to protect the industry from the storm of imported products.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - July 11, 2019

Jakarta – The City Council special committee tasked with selecting the new deputy Jakarta governor is still preparing the procedures.

Several members say the committee has almost completed the draft procedures, including a requirement that the plenary meeting quorum to elect the new deputy governor should be more than 50 percent of all councilors.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
Eurasia Review - July 11, 2019

Made Ayu Mariska – In the 2019 Indonesian presidential election, there were more female voters than male voters. There were 93 million women registered for the election, making up 50.2% of total voters. Both pair of presidential candidates were competing to win the vote by tackling gender issues in their campaign, especially issues facing women in particular.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Sydney Morning Herald - July 11, 2019

James Massola, Jakarta – Indonesia's foreign ministry has delivered a blunt message to the Australian companies shipping contaminated waste offshore: stop sending your rubbish overseas and deal with the problem at home.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Coconuts Jakarta - July 11, 2019

Horrible overcrowding has long been a serious issue in Indonesia's prison, but one that rarely merits much attention from average Indonesians or the local media.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
BBC News - July 11, 2019

Relatives of people killed in the Boeing 737 Max crash in Indonesia last year have been cheated out of compensation, their lawyers say.

Lawyers told the BBC that many families were persuaded to sign forms preventing them from taking legal action.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
CNN Indonesia - July 11, 2019

Jakarta – Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab's name has again come into the public spotlight in the midst of a planned political reconciliation following the 2019 presidential elections.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Tempo - July 11, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri said she would not interfere with formation of cabinet by President-elect Joko Widodo or Jokowi.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Tempo - July 11, 2019

Friski Riana, Jakarta – Presidential Staff Office Deputy V Jaleswari Pramodhawardani said the government would consider the urge to amend the law on electronic information and transaction (ITE Law) following the case incriminating Baiq Nuril.

News ›› Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Agence France Presse - July 11, 2019

Jakarta – Less than a week after the women's world cup football final drew record crowds and global TV audiences, clerics in a hardline Islamist Indonesian province said attempts to revive the game in the country were "forbidden" unless men were excluded entirely.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Jakarta Globe - July 11, 2019

Beritasatu Team & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – The South Jakarta District Court sentenced stage actress and political activist Ratna Sarumpaet to two years' imprisonment on Thursday for creating and sharing fake news that caused public unrest. Prosecutors initially demanded a six-year prison term.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - July 11, 2019

Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – Three coal mines in Kalimantan operated by PT Tanito Harum have to suspend operations after the government revoked the firm's extended contract that was supposed to be valid for the next 20 years after the contract extension was deemed against the law.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - July 11, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – A joint team comprising investigators from several ministries and law enforcement agencies sealed an unauthorized seabed reclamation project at Air Saga village in Belitung regency, Bangka Belitung Islands.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - July 11, 2019

Jakarta – Business activity improved in the second quarter, indicated by the increase of weighted net balance (WNB) to 19.17 percent from 8.65 percent in the previous quarter, according to a survey conducted by Bank Indonesia (BI).

News ›› West Papua ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - July 11, 2019

Victor Mambor, Jayapura – Local authorities have named six commissioners of the Papua General Elections Commission (KPU Papua) suspects of vote-rigging in connection with the 2019 concurrent elections.

The suspects are Zufri Abubakar, Zandra Mambrasar, Diana Dorthea Simbiak, Melkianus Kambu, Fransiskus Antonius Letsoin and president commissioner Theodorus Kosay.

News ›› East Timor ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Bernama - July 11, 2019

Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia is always consistent in its support for the admission of Timor Leste as a new member in ASEAN since the country is located in the Southeast Asia region.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Coconuts Jakarta - July 11, 2019

It has been close to two weeks since a woman, identified by police by her initials SM, was arrested on charges of blasphemy for bringing her dog into and causing a scene at a mosque in Bogor, despite her long history of mental illness.

News ›› Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Merdeka - July 11, 2019

Afif – The North Aceh regency government has banned women and under age children from going out at night or roaming the streets during school hours without being accompanied by a mahram (husband or male family member) or their parents.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Tempo - July 11, 2019

Friski Riana, Jakarta – The advocacy team of Baiq Nuril visited Presidential Staff Office Deputy V Jaleswari Pramodhawardani in Bina Graha building, Jakarta, Thursday, July 11 to deliver gratitude as the government issued a recommendation letter for pardon.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - July 11, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – NasDem Party secretary-general Johnny G. Plate openly expressed his wishes to see political party coalitions – in support of Prabowo Subianto – Sandiaga Uno – to stay as oppositions.

He maintained that the winning parties should be within the government whereas the losing parties should take the role as the country's opposition.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - July 11, 2019

Fadli and Kharishar Kahfi, Batam – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested Riau Islands Governor Nurdin Basirum and five others during a meeting at the governor's residence in Riau Islands on Wednesday evening.

The five individuals have been identified as a regional leader, the regional administration's maritime affairs agency head and businesspeople.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - July 11, 2019

Suherdjoko, Semarang – The Central Java Education and Culture Agency has turned down the applications of 446 students who tried to enroll in state high schools in the province using fake addresses.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Jakarta Post - July 11, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Agus Maftuh Abegebriel said Islam Defenders Front (FPI) head Rizieq Shihab would have to pay a hefty fine for overstaying in the Middle Eastern country before he could be allowed to return to Indonesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Jakarta Post - July 11, 2019

Ni Komang Erviani, Denpasar – The Denpasar District Court has sentenced a Russian man, Andrei Zhestkov, 27, to one year of imprisonment for a foiled attempt to smuggle an orangutan from Bali to his home country.

Zhestkov was also required to pay a fine of Rp 10 million (US$710), or serve an additional two months in prison if he does not.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
ABC News - July 11, 2019

Max Walden – An Indonesian woman prosecuted for secretly recording her boss sexually harassing her has asked President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to grant amnesty, after the country's Supreme Court last week upheld a guilty verdict.