Journalists covering student protests in cities across Indonesia were attacked by police in a series of brutal incidents on September 24.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
September 27, 2019
Suryadi, Pekanbaru, Indonesia - September 16 was a happy day for Evan Zendrato and Lasma Yani Zega. The young couple gave birth to a boy weighing 2.8 kilograms (6.1 pounds). They spent the night at a midwife's house in Pekanbaru, the capital of Indonesia's Riau province.
There's been more deadly violence in West Papua with two motorcycle taxi drivers reportedly shot dead in Puncak regency.
The Antara news agency reported that the deaths in Ilaga sub-district have been blamed by Indonesian authorities on "armed rebels".
Ananda Badudu, formerly of indie band Banda Neira and a former journalist for Tempo, was taken in by the Jakarta Metro Police this morning for questioning over a crowdfunding campaign he had initiated for student protesters in the capital.
M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – Former Tempo journalist and musician Ananda Badudu broke into tears after he was let go by the Jakarta Metro Police following a stringent 5-hour questioning.
In his statement, he expressed gratitude for the support coming from a number of organizations and members of the public for him.
Friski Riana, Jakarta – State Secretary Pratikno said he was preparing the draft of a government regulation in lieu of law or Perppu concerning the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).
"Our task as [presidential] staffers is to prepare anything that will be decided by the leader," said Pratikno at the Presidential Palace, Jakarta, Friday, September 27.
Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The Jakarta Police arrested journalist and documentary filmmaker Dandhy Dwi Laksono on Thursday night and charged him with a crime over a tweet about the recent unrest in Papua.
After the interrogation, Dandhy was allowed to go home just before dawn.
Markus Junianto Sihaloho, Jakarta – Christian lawmaker Rahayu Saraswati Djojohadikusumo has expressed disappointment with a decision by the speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly, or MPR, to disallow her from reading a prayer scheduled for the final meeting of the current term of the national legislature on Friday.
Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – A student from Halu Oleo University in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, has died after a demonstration in front of the provincial legislative council (DPRD) building descended into violence on Thursday.
Novy Lumanaw & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Two students were killed during a rally in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, on Thursday while protesting the passing of a controversial bill by the House of Representatives earlier this week.
Arya Dipa, Jakarta – Activist and documentary filmmaker Dandhy Dwi Laksono has been accused by the Jakarta Police for spreading hate speech after he posted about clashes in Jayapura and Wamena, Papua, on his Twitter account.
Jakarta – A delegation led by Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) youth wing GP Ansor chairman Yaqut Cholil Qoumas met with Pope Francis in the Vatican on Wednesday, during which the group expressed its support for the Pope's world peace document.
Jakarta – House of Representatives (DPR) Commission III Deputy Chairperson Herman Hery from the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) faction is leaving it entirely up to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on whether to issue a Government Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) to replace the revised Corruption Eradication Commission Law (UU KPK) which was recently enacted
William Gallo, Jakarta – Indonesia is seeing its largest protests in two decades, amid a wave of public anger at a proposed overhaul of the country's criminal code and a controversial move to weaken an anti-corruption body.
Rosniawanti Fikry Tahir, Jakarta – An autopsy carried out by Abunawas Hospital forensic team revealed that Randi, a student of Halu Oleo University, died of a gunshot wound in his right upper chest during the protest at Southeast Sulawesi Legislative Council (DPRD) building on Thursday afternoon, September 26.
Stanley Widianto, Jakarta – An Indonesian journalist and documentary filmmaker, Dandhy Laksono, was detained by police on Thursday night amid a crackdown on activists sympathetic to self-determination for the country's easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua.
James Massola, Jakarta – On October 20, Indonesian President Joko Widodo will finally be sworn in and begin his second and final term in office, six months after winning re-election.
"I have nothing to lose," he recently declared, promising much-needed reforms including corporate tax cuts, an easing of strict employment laws and measures to lift foreign investment.
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The Student Executive Body (BEM) of all faculties in the University of Indonesia (UI) rejected President Joko Widodo's invitation to meet and have a dialogue at the State Palace.
Chairman of the BEM UI's Faculty of Social Sciences and Political Sciences (FISIP) Tierry Ramadan said they still want Jokowi to finalize the demands declaration.
Jakarta – The Alliance of Indonesian Student Executive Boards have refused an invitation to meet with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Friday, following four days of nationwide protests that have turned into violent clashes with security forces.
Antara & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has ordered the Social Affairs Ministry, the Army and the National Police to help victims of Thursday's Ambon earthquake as the death tally rose to 23.
Jakarta – A year after the implementation of an integrated online single submission (OSS) system for business licensing, businesspeople claim they have yet to benefit from the system as it is just as or even more complicated than the old one and costs more.
Jakarta – Thousands of residents living in Wamena, Papua are seeking to leave the restive city following violent unrest earlier this week that left at least 32 people dead.
Ihsanuddin, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has cancelled a meeting with student representatives who have been holding protest actions against the Draft Criminal Code (RKUHP) and the revised Corruption Eradication Commission Law (UU KPK).
Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – Indonesia's three newly formed joint defence commands, Kogabwilhan, designed for flexible and quick deployment to any security situation, will be led by three-star generals.
Equipped with naval, air and army assets, each Kogabwilhan will be responsible for the country's western, central and eastern parts.
Dandhy Dwi Laksono, a journalist filmmaker for WatchDoc, was arrested on September 26 and charged under Indonesia's controversial Information and Electronic Transaction Law (ITE Law) for a series of Twitter posts about the ongoing protests in Papua.
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Indonesia's parliament is rushing to pass a controversial bill on coal and mineral mining before the current legislators' term ends on Sept. 30, defying a massive public outcry over legislation seen as favoring the extractives industry at the expense of the environment and vulnerable communities.
Arlina Arshad – Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto said yesterday that the student protests in the country were being hijacked by a group set on disrupting Parliament and the inauguration of President Joko Widodo's new term next month.
James Massola and Karuni Rompies, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo could revoke a controversial law that weakens the country's anti-corruption commission after at least two people were killed during a fresh round of protests in Indonesia's Surabaya on Thursday.
Jakarta – The House of Representatives (DPR) should delay the ratification of the Land Bill at the end of this parliamentary session. It has many problems: not only it is at odds with the constitution, it's also contradicting other laws and not in line with the agrarian reform.
Ahmad Faiz, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has balked at commenting on the arrests of activists Dandhy Laksono and Ananda Badudu by the Jakarta Metro Police. He chose to leave reporters and asked State Secretary Pratikno to resume the interview.
Heru Andriyanto, Markus Sihaloho, Carlos K.Y. Paath, Jakarta – Pressures are mounting on President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to refrain from signing the amended law on the Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, which critics said could effectively paralyze the anti-graft agency.
September 26, 2019
Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named Rizal Djalil, a commissioner of the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK), a bribery suspect in a case pertaining to a drinking water treatment system (SPAM) project at the Public Works and Housing Ministry in the 2017-2018 budget year.
Norman Harsono, Jakarta – Indonesian state-owned electricity company PLN on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with its Malaysian counterpart, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), to begin a feasibility study on exporting 600 MW of power to TNB.
PLN said in a statement that it expected to connect its Sumatra network to TNB's western network by 2028.
Gisela Swaragita, Jakarta – Research, Technology and Higher Education Minister Mohamad Nasir has said that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo ordered him to muffle the student protests against controversial bills.
Nasir said the government wanted the students to get off the streets and go back to school.
Eka Kurniawan, Jakarta, Indonesia – In an ideal Indonesia, a Papuan man would live in Jakarta and become a civil servant. He would marry a Padang woman from western Indonesia. They would open a small restaurant and hire a young Sundanese woman. Their customers would be a mix of Javanese, Betawi and other ethnic groups.
Journalist organisations in Indonesia have condemned alleged discrimination towards their colleagues by police in West Papua.
Three leading journalists in Papua were prevented from covering a protest by university students in Jayapura on Monday.
Hundreds of Indonesians gathered in several major centers across the archipelago today as authorities braced for more violent opposition to a major overhaul of the criminal code (RKUHP).
Fikri Arigi and Friski Riana, Jakarta – SETARA Institute openly criticized police repression against the criminal code draft bill (RKUHP) students' protest and maintains that police's excuse of "running out of patience" is definitely unacceptable.
Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – Amnesty International deemed the Indonesian police force has abused its authority in suppressing the massive student rally at the House of Representatives (DPR) headquarters.
They deemed that police have failed to learn from the May 21-22 incident where police's protest-suppression strategy caused numerous victims to fall.
Reja Hidayat, Felix Nathaniel and Haris Prabowo – On Tuesday afternoon in front of the House of Representatives (DPR) building, held back by a fence, the protester's fury reached its climax.
Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani urged stakeholders to build more digital infrastructure as the digital economy would play an important role in the country's economic growth.
She said that many parts of Indonesia have yet to enjoy the impact of the digital economy because of a lack of infrastructure such as the internet and electricity.
Norman Harsono, Jakarta – State utility company PLN booked first half net profit of Rp 7.35 trillion (US$521.53 million), greatly turning around a net loss of Rp 5.34 trillion in the same period last year, according to its recently published financial report.
Jakarta – With less than a month before halal certification will become mandatory, an assessment by the Indonesian Ombudsman has found the Halal Certification Agency (BPJPH) unprepared for the task of issuing halal certification.
Arlina Arshad, Jakarta – Indonesia's Chief Security Minister Wiranto said on Thursday (Sept 26) that the recent student protests in the country were hijacked by a group aimed at disrupting Parliament and the inauguration of President Joko Widodo's new term in October.
Ambon, Indonesia – At least six people died on Thursday after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit Indonesia's eastern province of Maluku, damaging buildings and sending people fleeing to the hills, officials and witnesses said.
Police in Indonesia have not only been accused of using excessive force against protesters taking part in student-led demonstrations against the government that have erupted in cities across the country in recent days, there are also serious allegations that they have used intimidation and violence against reporters attempting to cover those actions.
M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta -The Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) said that there are means to delegitimize the nationwide students' rally against the passing of the criminal code draft bill (RKUHP). They claimed that it is to steer the public's sympathy away from the movement.
Andita Rahma, Jakarta – Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet) Executive Director Damar Juniarto revealed a number of problems contained in the House of Representative's data protection and cybersecurity Draft Bill.
Robertus Wardi & Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The chief security minister said on Thursday that the government had "enough evidence" to suspect that the orchestrators behind this week's violent rallies around the national legislative complex in Jakarta had sought to occupy the legislature and prevent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo from being sworn in for a second term.
Adam Prireza, Jakarta – The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) recommended heads of educational institutions to refrain from imposing sanctions for high school students who joined the demonstration in the DPR building, Wednesday, September 25.