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August 7, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Jakarta Post - August 7, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) is set to formulate rules expected to become a legal umbrella for monitoring content on digital media outlets such as YouTube, streaming service Netflix and social media.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
South China Morning Post - August 7, 2019

Amanda Siddharta – Every Friday night at a house in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, a church group meets to discuss issues surrounding gender and sexuality. There are usually 12 to 15 people, but only a handful attend regularly.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
SBS News - August 7, 2019

Nick Baker – Human Rights Watch has implored Indonesian President Joko Widodo to tackle an "upsurge in discrimination against religious and sexual minorities" in the Southeast Asian nation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - August 7, 2019

Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) detained Emirsyah Satar, the former president director of flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, on Wednesday for alleged money laundering and bribery relating to the procurement of aircraft parts.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
UCA News - August 7, 2019

Keith Loveard, Jakarta – Construction workers building a bridge as part of the Trans-Papua Highway late last year knew there was a separatist group in the area. Indeed, from later accounts, the construction crew was close enough to the separatists' camp to be able to watch them celebrate the Dec. 1 founding of the Free Papua Organization (OPM).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Tempo - August 7, 2019

Imam Hamdi, Jakarta – Jakarta Food, Marine, and Agriculture Security Agency (KPKP) determined to build urban farming, which is being initiated in the City Hall, in every mayor's office building. The agency head Darjamuni said the city administration had promoted the concept through the Balkot Farm.

August 6, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› People & Places
Jakarta Post - August 6, 2019

Jakarta – Respected Muslim cleric Maimoen Zubair passed away in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday while performing haj.

Maimoen, aka Mbah Moen, was a prominent figure in Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the largest Muslim mass organization in the country. He was also the head of the sharia council of the United Development Party (PPP).

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Spy Scandal
Straits Times - August 6, 2019

Sydney (AFP) – A former Australian spy announced a surprise guilty plea on Tuesday (Aug 6) for exposing an alleged 2004 bugging operation against Timor Leste officials, after years of fighting the charges.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Jakarta Post - August 6, 2019

Jakarta – In the digital era, journalists, like many other professions, have no better option but to adapt to the new changes.

During a regional conference titled "The Biggest Challenge of Journalism in Digital Era" in Jakarta on Tuesday, journalists from across Southeast Asia gathered to discuss alternatives to overcome the challenges they have to face today.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Reuters - August 6, 2019

Agustinus Beo Da Costa, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo threatened on Tuesday to sack military and police officers fighting forest fires if they fail to extinguish the flames. He also promised government funds for high-tech equipment like drones to help tackle the blazes.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - August 6, 2019

Bandung (Antara) – West Java Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) reported that as many as 20 regencies or cities in the province hit by drought as of Tuesday, August 5.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Globe - August 6, 2019

Saurabh Markandeya – Indonesia recently passed a number of incentives for electric car drivers and manufacturers, designed to help the country compete with Singapore and Thailand as hubs for electric vehicles in Asia in both adoption and manufacturing.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - August 6, 2019

Jakarta – Residents of East Kotawaringin in Central Kalimantan have been forced to wear dust-masks to protect their health following the emergence of "extremely thick" haze from widespread forest and land fires in the region.

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

The injustice suffered by Baiq Nuril – a teacher who was sentenced to six months in prison for recording her principal sexually harassing her – was finally remedied by President Joko Widodo himself after he used his powers to grant her amnesty last month.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Globe - August 6, 2019

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Indonesia will move its capital from Jakarta to Kalimantan by 2024 at the earliest, with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo expected to announce the final choice of location later this month after having considered the three options he was given on Tuesday.

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Spy Scandal
ABC News - August 6, 2019

An ex-spy known as "Witness K" has indicated he will plead guilty to breaching the Intelligence Services Act, but his lawyer Bernard Collaery will continue to fight the charge in a case that was today committed to trial in the ACT Supreme Court.

News ›› Indonesia ›› People & Places
Jakarta Globe - August 6, 2019

Antara & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Indonesians are mourning the death of Maimoen "Mbah Moen" Zubair, a prominent Islamic scholar who passed away at age 90 in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Spy Scandal
Associated Press - August 6, 2019

Rod McGuirk – A former Australian spy will plead guilty to conspiring to reveal classified information about an allegation that Australia bugged East Timoe AKA Timor-Leste's government during negotiations over the sharing of billions of dollars in oil and gas revenue in 2004, splitting his case from his lawyer and alleged co-conspirator who will fight the charge, a court was told T

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Tempo - August 6, 2019

Jakarta (Bisnis) – The potential tax losses from the overflowing distribution of illegal mobile phones in Indonesia drove the government to impose a regulation that validates IMEI. This regulation is planned to be introduced and enter the operational phase on February 17, 2020.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - August 6, 2019

Arya Dipa, Ardila Syakriah and Kharishar Kahfi, Bandung and Jakarta – Environmental recovery efforts following the recent oil leak from state energy giant Pertamina's Offshore North West Java (ONWJ) Block may take more than six months, officials have said, as residents have reportedly begun to bear the brunt of the damages.

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

Police in Jakarta have arrested a man accused of murdering his wife and setting his own house on fire, which has left his five-year-old child, who he left inside during the blaze, severely injured.

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Spy Scandal
Canberra Times - August 6, 2019

Alexandra Back – More than a year after the former spy Witness K and his lawyer Bernard Collaery were charged over the exposure of an Australian bugging operation on the tiny nation of East Timor, the pair have parted ways, with the spy to plead guilty and the lawyer to fight what he called a "contemptible" charge.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - August 6, 2019

Jakarta – East Jakarta Mayor M. Anwar has said he will set up an investigation team to probe into Matraman district head Bambang Eko over an alleged request for a qurban (sacrificial animal) ahead of Idul Adha (the Islamic Day of Sacrifice).

The team will comprise high-level officials in East Jakarta municipality.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Straits Times - August 6, 2019

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo has called on all related parties, including provincial governors, to help farmers acquire equipment such as excavators and tractors to ensure they do not resort to the slash-and-burn method when clearing plantation land.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - August 6, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The Indonesian Association of Food and Nutrition Experts (Pergizi Pangan Indonesia) has drawn attention to a disturbing rising trend of overnutrition-triggered obesity in Indonesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Reuters - August 6, 2019

Sragen, Indonesia – An Indonesian man is walking backwards from his home in eastern Java to the capital Jakarta to raise awareness of deforestation in a country with one of the highest rates of it in the world.

The more than 700-kilometre route would be arduous enough under any circumstances, but Medi Bastoni is drawing attention to his campaign by doing it backwards.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
South China Morning Post - August 6, 2019

Karim Raslan – While industry can transform lives, create jobs and churn out vital products, we are becoming increasingly aware of the pollution and destruction it leaves in its wake.

Moreover technological and digital innovation could easily decimate what we once considered to be immutable and enduring industries.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Globe - August 6, 2019

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Police will look at the possibility of sabotage in their investigation of the cause of the massive electricity blackout that affected the greater Jakarta area, parts of Banten and 15 districts in West Java on Sunday, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Coconuts Jakarta - August 6, 2019

They baa-rely thought this through. An Islamic fashion label from Indonesia, Rabbani, has recently come under fire for an ad campaign that aimed to promote the use of the hijab to Muslim women but has instead drawn outrage for its use of a goat as a model.

August 5, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Detik News - August 5, 2019

Zunita Putri, Bogor – The Ijtimak Ulama IV or the 4th Assembly of Islamic Clerics has issued a number of recommendations on the current situation in Indonesia. The assembly has also invited the Islamic community to create a Unitary Islamic State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI Bersyariah) based on Pancasila.

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

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – Investigators with the Environment and Forestry Ministry named an individual, identified only as 46-year-old UB, a suspect for allegedly starting a wildfire on 274 hectares of land in Kubu Raya regency, West Kalimantan.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - August 5, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Indonesia's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expansion slowed to 5.05 percent in the second quarter this year, from 5.27 percent in the same period last year, partly due the falls in exports, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› PKI & Anti-Communism
Coconuts Jakarta - August 5, 2019

As a result of Indonesia's bloody 1965 communist purge and mass killings, as well as decades of anti-communist propaganda during Suharto's New Order dictatorship, the "red scare" of communism remains very real in Indonesia and laws banning anything that could spread communist or socialist ideologies are still taken very seriously by some.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
The Guardian - August 5, 2019

Kate Lamb, Jakarta – It's Thursday and the residents of Jakarta's Cosmo Park are out jogging, watering their plants or walking their dogs along neat asphalt roads.

News ›› Indonesia ›› PKI & Anti-Communism
Tirto.id - August 5, 2019

Haris Prabowo – A book raid by a group of people calling themselves the Indonesian Muslim Brigade (BMI) in the South Sulawesi provincial capital of Makassar has caused an uproar on social media. The group confiscated books which they claim contain "communist and leftist ideas".

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Globe - August 5, 2019

Carlos Ky Paath, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo visited the head office of state-owned utility company Perusahaan Listrik Negara on Monday to demand an explanation for Sunday's massive electricity blackout in Jakarta, West Java and Banten.

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
CNN Indonesia - August 5, 2019

Jakarta – Nduga Regent Yairus Gwijangge has asked for help from House of Representatives (DPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo to covey to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo that he wants the immediate withdrawal of all TNI (Indonesian military) and Polri (Indonesian police) personnel that have been conducting military operations in Papua since early December 2018.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - August 5, 2019

Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – State electricity firm PLN plans to compensate at least 21.3 million customers, including businesses, for the losses they suffered because of an hours-long power outage across West Java and Greater Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - August 5, 2019

Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry says it has received a commitment from the Finance Ministry and the Environment and Forestry Ministry to maximize the use of rooftop solar panels in their buildings across Indonesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Tempo - August 5, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The Jakarta Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) says that there has been 26 cases of alleged violence against journalists reported to police in 2019 but not one has been investigated as a crime let alone taken to trial.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Jakarta Post - August 5, 2019

Jakarta – Hundreds of motorbike taxi drivers protested in front of ride hailing service company Gojek's headquarters in South Jakarta on Monday as they demanded the return of the old incentive system, which they said gave them more bonuses.

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Radio New Zealand - August 5, 2019

An aid group in Indonesia's West Papua has reported 182 civilians have died fleeing violence in the highlands.

The Humanity Volunteer Team of Nduga has been helping communities displaced by armed conflict in Papua's Nduga regency with food, health and education needs in Wamena.

News ›› Indonesia ›› PKI & Anti-Communism
Detik News - August 5, 2019

Muhammad Taufiqqurahman, Makassar – A group calling itself the Indonesian Muslim Brigade (BMI) has seized books they say smack of communism from a Gramedia bookstore in the South Sulawesi capital of Makassar, including books by Franz Magnis-Suseno. The group said that the books by Magnis-Suseno are spreading the ideas of Karl Marx after reading the synopsis on the book covers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - August 5, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia's economic growth leveled off slightly in the second quarter as an investment slowdown and lower exports wiped out the boost from the elections and festive spending, according to data the national statistics agency released on Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - August 5, 2019

Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – Transportation and telecommunications affected by a major blackout in West Java, Banten and Greater Jakarta have begun to operate normally, although there are still some glitches in a number of locations, ministers have said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Jakarta Post - August 5, 2019

Jakarta – Hundreds of refugees living in Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands, staged a rally in front of the local office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday, demanding "justice and a more humane treatment" for asylum seekers in Indonesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Age & Disability Rights
Jakarta Globe - August 5, 2019

Heru Andriyanto & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The Presidential Staff Office announced on Monday the government has decided to reinstate Romi Syofpa Ismail, a wheelchair-bound dentist in South Solok, West Sumatra, as a civil servant candidate after the district government disqualified her for "not meeting the requirements" despite Romi passing the civil service exam with the highest s

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - August 5, 2019

Jakarta – Residents in Gondrong, Cipondoh, Tangerang, Banten, have illegally tapped water supply lines of city-owned tap water company PDAM Tirta Benteng arguing they were in experiencing a water crisis because of the continued power outage on Monday.

The blackout that began Sunday caused difficulties for residents to obtain clean water.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
ABC News - August 5, 2019

Max Walden – Indonesia's national police and military have publicly warned about the "risks" of being LGBT, in officials' latest verbal attack against the minority group in the world's largest Muslim-majority country.

August 4, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - August 4, 2019

Jakarta – As part of the ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the capital's worsening air quality, mountaineering community Slow Adventure Indonesia, also known as Slowventure Indonesia, distributed 1,000 free face masks during Car Free Day in Dukuh Atas, Central Jakarta, on Sunday.