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June 15, 2020

Tempo - June 15, 2020

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Monday reminded law enforcers to focus on prevention in terms of supervising the country's financial accountability amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jakarta Globe - June 15, 2020

Farouk Arnaz, Jakarta – The Indonesian police said members of shadowy terror network Jemaah Islamiyah are regrouping, following the arrest of a number of suspected militants in several cities in recent weeks.

Jakarta Post - June 15, 2020

Apriza Pinandita, Jakarta – An Indonesian Air Force Hawk 209 jet fighter crashed in a residential area of Kampar regency, Riau, on Monday morning.

CNN Indonesia - June 15, 2020

Jakarta – TVRI's Study from Home (BdR) program produced by the Ministry of Education and Culture will air the film "Let the Words Rest" (Istirahatlah Kata-kata) about pro-democracy activist and poet Wiji Thukul.

Based on the Study from Home program schedule on the Ministry's official website, Let the Words Rest will be broadcast on Tuesday June 16 between 9.30-11.30 pm.

Jakarta Post - June 15, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Indonesia's foreign debt growth accelerated in April, driven mainly by the government's issuance of sovereign debt papers (SBN) and global bonds to cover for the widening budget deficit to fund its COVID-19 fight, Bank Indonesia (BI) announced on Monday.

World Socialist Website - June 15, 2020

Patrick O'Connor – The East Timorese government has widened the multi-party coalition on which it is based, securing the support of 41 out of the 65 parliamentarians.

Jakarta Globe - June 15, 2020

Tara Marchelin, Jakarta – Anti-corruption investigator Novel Baswedan said on Monday he was disappointed by the one-year prison sentence the public prosecutor had demanded for police officers Ronny Bugis and Rahmat Kadir Mahulette, who allegedly attacked and hurled acid on his face in April 2017.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 15, 2020

Bintang Emon, a rising comedian known for his strong satire game, is facing an onslaught of character-assassinating accusations over his takedown of the justice system – and, by extension, it seems, the government – but netizens are standing with the 24-year-old.

Jakarta Post - June 15, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – Comedian Bintang Emon, who recently gained popularity for his satirical video that questions the light sentence sought for Novel Baswedan's alleged assailants, has become the subject of controversy on social media after several Twitter accounts purportedly belonging to so-called buzzers accused him of being a drug addict.

Jatim Times - June 15, 2020

Tubagus Achmad – A rally by the Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) in the East Java city of Malang on Monday June 15 demanded the release of Papuan political prisoners (tapols) across Indonesia as well as the right of self-determination for the Papuan people.

Suara.com - June 15, 2020

Reza Gunadha and Yosea Arga Pramudita – Demonstrators from the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (Tapol) held a protest action at the Aspiration Park and the Supreme Court (MA) in Central Jakarta on Monday June 15.

Jakarta Post - June 15, 2020

Budi Sutrisno and Dhoni Setiawan, Jakarta – Protests took place simultaneously in several cities in Indonesia on Monday demanding that authorities drop all charges and release seven Papuan activists accused of treason at the Balikpapan District Court in East Kalimantan for their involvement in anti-racism protests in Jayapura, Papua last year.

Tempo - June 15, 2020

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan on Monday admits that he suffered from breathing failure after he was struck with liquid acid to the face back in 2017.

Jakarta Globe - June 15, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Yeremia Sukoyo, Jakarta – The Indonesian Military needs to modernize its defense system and do it as soon as possible, especially after two military aircraft crashed within days of each other, an expert said on Monday.

The comment came only hours after an Air Force single-seater fighter jet went down in a village in Kampar district, Riau province.

June 14, 2020

Jakarta Post - June 14, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – Social media users have aired their collective disappointment and bewilderment at the one-year prison sentence demanded for police officers who allegedly attacked Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan through sarcastic videos and memes.

Tempo - June 14, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – Land and forest fires in Peunaga Cut Ujong Village, West Aceh, burned 2.1 acres of peatland area in the past week due to hot weather, with the situation remaining unchanged by Friday, June 12 evening.

Jakarta Globe - June 14, 2020

Jakarta – Former Army chief of staff General (ret.) Pramono Edhie Wibowo, an in-law of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono or SBY, died at a municipal hospital in Cianjur, West Java, on Saturday evening. He is 65.

Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, the eldest son of SBY, confirmed the news in a statement. He said his uncle has succumbed to illness but didn't elaborate.

Jakarta Post - June 14, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – The United Nations is set to contribute US$2 million to support Indonesia's COVID-19 response under its COVID-19 Multi-Partner Trust Fund (COVID-19 MPTF).

Jakarta Post - June 14, 2020

Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – As offices, shops and public facilities in the capital reopen amid the loosening of social restrictions that had been enacted to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, Jakartans are flocking to bicycles to commute and for exercise.

Tempo - June 14, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – Civil servants in Dayun Sub-district, Siak District, Riau Province, have begun wearing a distance-sensor device around their neck to maintain physical distancing at the workplace while lowering the risk of contracting novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Jakarta Post - June 14, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – The Religious Affairs Ministry has allowed Muslims to hold wedding vow exchange ceremonies – a legal requirement to register the marriage – outside the local religious affairs offices (KUA) as the government eases COVID-19 restrictions.

Jakarta Post - June 14, 2020

Jakarta – South Sulawesi Governor Nurdin Abdullah has defended his administration's COVID-19 response in the wake of the recent surge in confirmed cases in the province, saying that the new cases were a result of widespread testing.

Jakarta Post - June 14, 2020

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo reiterated following a jog with Indonesian Military (TNI) chiefs of staff on Sunday that the TNI's role is to ensure that health protocols are followed as large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) are eased."Today I invited the Army chief of staff, the Air Force chief of staff and the Navy chief of staff for a morning jog because it is very impo

Kompas.com - June 14, 2020

Rakhmat Nur Hakim, Jakarta – Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) Director Asfinawati says that there are three indications of authoritarianism which are still being displayed by the government during the era of reformasi – the political reform process that began in 1998.

Tempo - June 14, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – The government's latest public housing savings program (Tapera), necessitating employees and employers to contribute to a mandatory mortgage loan scheme, may boost workers' home ownership though could "put a heavy burden" on them, a union stated.

Jakarta Globe - June 14, 2020

Ambon (Antara) – Maluku Governor Murad Ismail has ordered a municipal hospital in Central Maluku district to shut temporarily after its 14 employees tested positive for coronavirus.

Jakarta Post - June 14, 2020

Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – Fears over virus transmission have cast a shadow on the government's plan to reopen tourist destinations across Indonesia, especially as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb despite the authorities' health protocols for the so-called new normal.

Jakarta Post - June 14, 2020

Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – The government is redefining primary healthcare needs and the standards of service at hospitals eligible for the National Health Insurance (JKN) to ensure the deficit-stricken program's sustainability.

June 13, 2020

Jakarta Post - June 13, 2020

Nina Loasana, Jakarta – Jakarta will gradually reopen its public green spaces, including parks, city forests, cemeteries and zoos, to residents starting Saturday.

Jakarta Post - June 13, 2020

Apriza Pinandita, Jakarta – Two student organizations at the University of Indonesia (UI) have decided to file an amicus curiae – a brief offered by someone who is not party to a case – in support of seven Papuan activists on trial for treason for their involvement in the 2019 antiracism protests in Jayapura, Papua.

Jakarta Post - June 13, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – The Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI) has released a statement, conveying "deep concerns" over the handling of seven Papuan protesters who face treason charges at the Balikpapan District Court in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan.

Jakarta Post - June 13, 2020

Herliana Elizabeth Yusuf, Tangerang, Banten – The death of George Floyd in the United States has evinced global expressions of solidarity that have reminded people how racism still exists in the 21st century. Influenced by the hashtag #blacklivesmatter, Indonesian citizens have expressed support through their social media status and postings.

Jakarta Post - June 13, 2020

Jakarta – A majority of people feel the government does not care enough about the welfare of the nation's veterans, according to a poll conducted by Kompas daily.

Jakarta Post - June 13, 2020

Alya Nurbaiti, Jakarta – The West Java administration has extended large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) across the province to June 26 following a spike in COVID-19 cases within a week, during which its daily reproduction number (Rt) increased from 0.68 and 0.72 to 0.82.

Jakarta Post - June 13, 2020

Alya Nurbaiti, Jakarta – Businesspeople in the country are waiting for the government to announce a new economic strategy and guidelines amid its policy to relax COVID-19-related restrictions.

Jakarta Globe - June 13, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Indonesia increased by 1,014 on Saturday, the fourth time the country saw more than 1,000 daily cases this week since it reached that milestone on Tuesday.

CNN Indonesia - June 13, 2020

Jakarta – Indonesian Human Rights Watch group Imparsial is asking the government to review the planned involvement of active TNI (Indonesian military) and Polri (Indonesian police) officers in the Agency for Pancasila Ideology Education (BPIP).

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) News Release - June 13, 2020

Online feminist newsgroups, Magdalene and Konde.co experienced a range of digital attacks in the last month. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Indonesia condemn the digital attacks and silencing of feminist voices.

Jakarta Post - June 13, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutors have demanded that 10 years' imprisonment be handed down to former youth and sports minister Imam Nahrawi for his alleged involvement in a bribery case pertaining to a grant for the Indonesian Sports Council (KONI).

Jakarta Post - June 13, 2020

Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – Workers are still facing harassment from superiors and colleagues through communication platforms while working from home during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to an online survey.

Reuters - June 13, 2020

Michael Taylor, Kuala Lumpur (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A social protection scheme to help poor Indonesians living in rural areas by giving them cash also reduced deforestation by 30%, researchers said on Friday, fuelling hope that efforts to tackle poverty and protect forests can work in tandem.

CNN Indonesia - June 13, 2020

Jakarta – Former Papuan political prisoner Filep Karma says that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo promised to release all Papuan political prisoners during his administration. Widodo made this pledge, said Karma, to five of his fellow political prisoners in Jayapura, Papua, who were release in 2015.

June 12, 2020

Jakarta Post - June 12, 2020

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – Social media users, known in Indonesia as "buzzers", have steered discourse in Indonesia following customer complaints against state-owned electricity firm PLN for a significant spike in electricity bills in June resulting from a new billing method and increased at-home work.

Jakarta Post - June 12, 2020

Alya Nurbaiti and Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has called on the panel of judges to hand down the maximum sentence on two alleged attackers of senior KPK investigator Novel Baswedan as prosecutors only demanded light punishment.

Jakarta Post - June 12, 2020

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – "Sir/Ma'am, I'm deaf. I cannot read your lips because you're wearing a mask. I'm here to withdraw my money. Please write down what I need to do. Thank you."

Jakarta Post - June 12, 2020

Abdul Mu'ti, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo invited leaders of Indonesia's religious organizations to discuss government policies for easing the COVID-19 pandemic on June. He specifically appreciated the roles and contributions of religious communities.

Radio New Zealand - June 12, 2020

Indonesian police in West Papua say four prisoners isolated for suspected Covid-19 infection have escaped. Police say four inmates escaped from Bhayangkara Police Hospital on Wednesday and are still at large.

Jakarta Globe - June 12, 2020

Triyan Pangastuti, Dion Bisara, Jakarta – A second wave of Covid-19 would derail Indonesia's path to recovering its economy by next year, with unemployment and income losses holding back growth, a study showed.

Jakarta Post - June 12, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – Labor unions have demanded the government to form a technical team with fair representation for workers, in addition to government and business associations, to discuss the labor cluster of the controversial omnibus bill on job creation.

Jakarta Globe - June 12, 2020

Tara Marchelin, Jakarta – Researchers from Airlangga University, Government's Covid-19 Task Force, and State Intelligence Agency (BIN) have claimed to have found combinations of medicine that effectively reduce the number of Sars-Cov-2, the coronavirus that causees Covid-19 disease, in the human body.