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February 6, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Coconuts Jakarta - February 6, 2019

Over the weekend, President Joko Widodo went on an innuendo offensive against his electoral challenger, Prabowo Subianto, by implying that his rival's campaign was using a "Russian propaganda" strategy of misinformation, with the aid of "foreign consultants" to divide the nation in order to win the election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Tribune - February 6, 2019

Jakarta – Presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto says he is deeply moved by the support given to him by the Indonesian Metal Trade Workers Federation (FSPMI) in the 2019 presidential election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Tempo - February 6, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The Communications and Informatics Ministry (Kominfo) identified an average of 4-6 daily hoax contents across the internet and social media platforms in January with a total of 175 contents from social to political issues.

Kominfo on Tuesday said that the largest amount of contents they detected was on January 22, 2019, with 11 contents in a single day.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Kompas.com - February 6, 2019

Devina Halim, Jakarta – The Pro-Women's National Legislation Program Network (JKP3) is calling on the House of Representatives (DPR) and the government to straighten out fake news or hoaxes about the Draft Law on the Elimination of Sexual Violence (RUU PKS). One of the hoaxes circulating says that the RUU PKS will create a permissive culture of adultery and free sex.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Jakarta Post - February 6, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has called on residents to allow the construction of an oil refinery in Tuban regency, East Java, by state-owned oil and gas firm Pertamina and Russian oil company Rosneft.

Jokowi asked residents to reconsider their objection to the project and take into account its positive impact on residents living close to the project site.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - February 6, 2019

Jakarta – The Finance Ministry has issued a new regulation on a new tax incentive that reduces interest income taxes for exporters that place their foreign exchange earnings as fixed deposits in Indonesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Nikkei Asian Review - February 6, 2019

Shotaro Tani, Jakarta – Indonesia's economy last year grew at its fastest pace since President Joko Widodo took office, but failed to hit the government's growth target.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Coconuts Jakarta - February 6, 2019

Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), one of Indonesia's most prestigious universities, says it has put to rest a highly publicized rape allegation with a "peaceful" resolution between the alleged perpetrator and victim, following months of criticism that the institution's officials had been slow to act and deliver justice to the victim.

February 5, 2019

News ›› East Timor ›› Governance & Public Policy
Dili Weekly - February 5, 2019

Paulina Quintao – The Chief of Suku of the Suku of Kaikoli, in the administrative post of Vera Cruz, Dili municipality, Hipolito Marques, said drains are full of rubbish because the government has not created a proper rubbish control and management system.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - February 5, 2019

Jakarta – A panel of judges at the Jakarta Corruption Court sentenced on Monday former member of the House of Representatives Amin Santoso to eight years in prison and a fine of Rp 300 million (US$21,497) for bribery.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Mongabay - February 5, 2019

Ayat S. Karokaro, Medan – Police have charged the brother of a top official in Sumatra with clearing a protected forest for a palm oil plantation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Kompas.com - February 5, 2019

Kristian Erdianto, Jakarta – The Islamic based Justice and Prosperity Party (PKS) faction in the House of Representatives (DPR) has rejected the Draft law (RUU) on the Elimination of Sexual Violence.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - February 5, 2019

Jakarta – The East Nusa Tenggara administration has agreed to release a tanker owned by PT Ocean Tangker after the company pledged to compensate for damages to coral reefs it had caused in the Pantar Strait Marine Park in December.

News ›› West Papua ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Radio New Zealand International - February 5, 2019

Indonesian corruption investigators have been assaulted while tailing Papua Governor Lukas Enembe.

Indonesian state media reported the two officials were hospitalised prompting an inquiry from Jakarta police.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Retail & Service Industry
Jakarta Globe - February 5, 2019

Dion Bisara, Jakarta – E-commerce accounted for 8 percent of total retail sales in Indonesia last year, on course to reach 18 percent by 2023, fueled by changing behavior among tech-savvy customers who are willing to spend more for convenience, according to a recent study by American multinational investment bank Morgan Stanley.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Jakarta Post - February 5, 2019

Jakarta – The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) faction at the House of Representatives has rejected the passing of the long-awaited sexual violence bill, saying the bill has a "liberal perspective" that is contradictory to Pancasila and religious values.

News ›› Aceh ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - February 5, 2019

Jakarta – The corruption trial of suspended Aceh governor Irwandi Yusuf began to unfold like a soap opera after his close companion, Steffy Burase, was grilled on the stand about allegedly receiving a portion of the money the former had allegedly embezzled.

February 4, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Jakarta Post - February 4, 2019

Marguerite Afra Sapiie and Agnes Anya, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has ruffled some feathers by suggesting that his challenger in the 2019 presidential election employed a foreign political consultant to support his campaign.

News ›› East Timor ›› Sport & Recreation
Cuban News Agency - February 4, 2019

Havana, Cuba – Loro Horta, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of East Timor to Cuba, participated in this capital in a martial arts exhibition, which aimed to further strengthen relations of friendship and solidarity between the peoples of both countries.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - February 4, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) decided to evaluate its security standard procedure after two of its investigators became victim to an assault taking place early this morning at 02:00 AM local time.

"We will evaluate the existing security procedure," said KPK Deputy Chief Saut Situmorang in a text message on today.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Jakarta Post - February 4, 2019

Suherdjoko, Semarang – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said the country needed at least 40,000 additional agriculture instructors to boost production and reduce food imports.

He said the country had around 17,000 of such instructors currently, and they had managed to help farmers improve productivity of various commodities, including corn.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Jakarta Post - February 4, 2019

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – Accenture, a Fortune 500 business consultancy, has estimated that Indonesia's e-commerce market may grow from US$27 billion last year to $300 billion by 2025, if the country's digital ecosystem can leapfrog into a fully integrated "quantum commerce" environment.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fishing & Maritime Affairs
Eurasia Review - February 4, 2019

Premesha Saha – A new military base was inaugurated by the Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander, Air Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto on 18 December 2018 in Natuna Besar, a disputed territory between Indonesia and China in the South China Sea. The two countries have conflicting interests and rights on this island, which is the largest in the southern peripheral of the South China Sea.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
The Guardian - February 4, 2019

Kate Lamb – Hundreds of musicians in Indonesia have lashed out against what they say is a ludicrous draft bill that could "destroy" freedom of expression.

Among the most contentious aspects of the draft is Article 5, which outlaws "negative foreign influences" as well as blasphemous or pornographic content, punishable by imprisonment or a fine.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
CNN Indonesia - February 4, 2019

Surabaya – A grouping of civil society organisations calling themselves the "Surabaya Solidarity Society Against Remission for the Murderer of Journalist AA Gde Bagus Narendra Prabangsa" have sent a letter to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Tempo - February 4, 2019
Jakarta (Antara) – Gorontalo Province General Elections Commission (KPU) member Sophian Rahmola introduced a dedicated team in order to suppress fake news and hoaxes circulating social media platforms.

The team was formed from KPU's suspicion on numerous attempts to delegitimize the general election organizers and corrode public trust.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - February 4, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo appears to have gone on the offensive against his challenger in the upcoming presidential election Prabowo Subianto as the second presidential debate draws nearer.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - February 4, 2019

Jakarta – The government has said 10 new airports started operations in 2018, but it recorded a decrease in the number of airplane passengers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
Straits Times - February 4, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian bureaucrats may soon face tighter competition to reach the top rungs of the career ladder, with the government planning to allow active military officers to take up positions in ministries and government institutions.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Coconuts Jakarta - February 4, 2019

The Indonesian campaign season is really heating up now, with incumbent President Joko Widodo hitting back at attacks that he's a puppet of foreign powers by insinuating that his challenger, Prabowo Subianto, is employing foreign political consultants to implement Russian-style propaganda attacks.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Jakarta Post - February 4, 2019

Rachmadea Aisyah, Jakarta – The Indonesian Ombudsman has urged the government to maintain a strict policy on the import of rice, corn, sugar and salt – four staple commodities, whose imports often spark controversy – ahead of the presidential and legislative elections in April.

News ›› West Papua ›› Indigenous & Minority Rights
Reuters - February 4, 2019

Bangkok – A highway under construction in Indonesia's Papua province is hurting the environment and stoking conflict by threatening indigenous land rights, analysts and activists said.

The Trans Papua highway is part of Indonesian President Joko Widodo's plan to develop the impoverished eastern province, and open up access to its abundant natural resources.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Tempo - February 4, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Russian Ambassador to Indonesia Lyudmila Vorobyeva said she objected to the use of the term "Russian Propaganda" by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in the latter's recent statement.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - February 4, 2019

Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – State electricity firm PLN hopes its customers will use more electricity this year through incentive measures amid the ongoing construction of mega power plant projects, which have been criticized as unnecessary as consumption growth has been slowing.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - February 4, 2019

Jakarta – After gaining control of 51.23 percent shares of gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia, the government is eyeing to gain a 20 percent stake in publicly listed nickel miner PT Vale Indonesia (INCO).

February 3, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - February 3, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – Unidentified assailants assaulted two on-duty Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators in Jakarta on Saturday midnight, the antigraft body has revealed.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - February 3, 2019

Arya Dipa, Bandung and Jakarta – The latest case of obesity in Karawang, West Java, has yet again shed light on Indonesia's rising obesity problem.

Sunarti, 39, used to be around 75 kilograms, but with her unhealthy eating habit, she is now 148 kg.

News ›› East Timor ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Asia Pacific Report - February 3, 2019

Timor-Leste's Press Council (TLPC) has strongly condemned political interference in the country's public broadcasting service (RTTL) newsroom where political-appointed advisers for the president of RTTL have interfered in its coverage.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Jakarta Post - February 3, 2019

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – Vice-presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno has promised that if elected, his government will revise the controversial 2008 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law, but political opponents and civil society activists have cast doubt on the sincerity of the pledge.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Jakarta Post - February 3, 2019

Jakarta – In April last year, Kennedy Jennifer, a filmmaker, started receiving calls and messages on her smartphone asking for a "massage service".

She responded by saying that she offered no such services. The calls and chats intensified that night, with callers demanding that she perform the service because she had "asked" for the money.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Kompas.com - February 3, 2019

Devina Halim, Jakarta – Syahrul Fitria, a researcher with the non-government organisation (NGO) Auriga, believes that the criminalisation of environmental activists has yet to be taken up as an issue by either of the two presidential election campaign tickets.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Jakarta Post - February 3, 2019

Jakarta – A former University of Indonesia (UI) philosophy lecturer who was accused of blasphemy for referring to holy books as "fiction" faced five hours of questioning on Friday during which he was asked to explain the meaning of "fiction".

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - February 3, 2019

Rachmadea Aisyah, Jakarta – The financial services sector has yet to become a main engine for economic growth, but it has the potential to do so, according to joint research from the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) and Parahyangan University.

February 2, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - February 2, 2019

Jakarta – A respected Muslim cleric is in the spotlight after a video of him mistakenly praying for Prabowo Subianto to become "a leader" during an event attended by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo went viral on the web.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Vanuatu Daily Post - February 2, 2019

Kizzy Kalsakau and Jason Abel – The Government of Indonesia has criticized Vanuatu for including a West Papuan leader and the United Liberal Movement for the people of West Papua (ULMWP) chairman, Benny Wenda in its delegation to a meeting with U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - February 2, 2019

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named East Kotawaringin Regent Supian Hadi a suspect of graft in a case that may have caused more than US$415 million in state losses.

February 1, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Coconuts Jakarta - February 1, 2019

Almost everybody has to spend a huge chunk of their lives on the internet nowadays to do everything from work to socializing to shopping. But people in some countries are spending way more time, on average, on the internet than others. And Indonesians rank up there among the top.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Tempo - February 1, 2019

Friski Riana, Jakarta – A commissioner of the National Commission of Human Rights for Women (Komnas Perempuan), Masruchah, said that the draft bill concerning the elimination of sexual violence (RUU PKS) was drafted based on Islamic values that honoring women.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Literature & The Arts
Tempo - February 1, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The Panturas Band member Surya Fikri Asshidiq said the draft bill on music, otherwise known as RUU Permusikan, would make musicians shared the same fate as those in the past under Indonesia's Old and New Order eras.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Jakarta Post - February 1, 2019

Bambang Muryanto, Yogyakarta – Dog Meat Free Indonesia (DMFI), Yogyakarta band Shaggydog and 2018 Puteri Indonesia beauty pageant winner Alya Nurshabrina launched two videos to campaign against dog meat consumption on Thursday in Yogyakarta.