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July 27, 2022

Tempo - July 27, 2022

Martha Warta Silaban, Jakarta – University of Indonesia's Economy and Business Faculty Dean Teguh Dartanto in an event on Wednesday stated that Indonesian workers in the informal sector reached 59.97 percent up until February this year. He believes that such a situation poses complications.

July 26, 2022

Jakarta Post - July 26, 2022

Sylviana Hamdani – The first festival dedicated to Indonesian musicals aims to grow the country's local musical industry scene.

Coconuts Jakarta - July 26, 2022

Nine people were killed, police said, when a train smashed into an amusement ride for kids at a gate-less railway crossing this morning in Serang, Banten.

An odong-odong, which is a colorful open-top minibus modified to seat around a dozen small children and is commonly found on the road in low-income areas, was carrying 20 passengers when tragedy struck.

Vanuatu Daily Post - July 26, 2022

Len Garae – West Papua leaders are now ready to take over the affairs of their country, with 12 members of Cabinet with (Interim) Prime Minister Edison Warome.

That is the confirmation of the Interim President of West Papua, Mr. Benny Wenda, on his latest visit to Port Vila from London, where he is based.

Tempo - July 26, 2022

Rachel Farahdiba R, Jakarta – Divers Clean Action (DCA) founder Swietenia Puspa Lestari stated that fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) producers Unilever, Indofood, and Mayora are the top three contributors to single-use plastic packaging waste pollution in Indonesia. This was obtained from the brand audit program conducted in June 2022 at 11 coastal areas across the archipelago.

Tabloid JUBI - July 26, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi TV – Impunity Monitoring head of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) Tioria Pretty said an Ad Hoc Human Rights Court for the Bloody Paniai case should be established at the Jayapura District Court. Tioria said she was surprised that the Attorney General's Office (AGO) delegated the case file to the Makassar District Court.

Coconuts Jakarta - July 26, 2022

West Java Vice Governor Uu Ruzhanul Ulum had to issue a public apology after he inappropriately downplayed the severity of a disturbing child bullying case in his province. An 11-year-old boy died in that case.

Antara News - July 26, 2022

Agatha Victoria, Uyu Liman, Jakarta – Seven national strategic projects (PSNs) worth Rp138.1 trillion (US$9.16 billion) were completed in the first six months of this year.

Jakarta Globe - July 26, 2022

Jakarta – Japanese automotive giant Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, or MMC, has pledged $666 million in additional investment in Indonesia over the next three years as it seeks to expand its manufacturing activities to hybrid and electric vehicles production, the top economic minister said on Tuesday.

Jakarta Post - July 26, 2022

Suherdjoko, Semarang – Authorities are hunting for Second Cpl. Muslimin of the 4th Regional Military Command (Kodam IV) Diponegoro in Central Java for hiring hitmen to kill his 34-year-old wife Rina Wulandari.

Tabloid JUBI - July 26, 2022

Merauke, Jubi – In the last two decades, or during 2001-2021, 925,000 hectares of forest area in Merauke Regency have been lost, while 2,652,335 have been converted "for development and growth" during the same period.

Brisbane Times - July 26, 2022

Chris Barrett and Karuni Rompies, Singapore/Jakarta – It's a police drama with more twists and turns than a Hollywood spy thriller and a cast of characters to fit the bill.

July 25, 2022

Tempo - July 25, 2022

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – The Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander General Andika Perkasa received the visit of General Mark A. Milley, the 20th Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, at TNI Headquarters in Cilangkap, East Jakarta.

After the meeting, the U.S. highest-ranking military officer said his side wanted to cooperate with Indonesia in the Asia Pacific region.

Jakarta Globe - July 25, 2022

Primus Dorimulu, Jakarta – Garibaldi "Boy" Thohir, the president director of Indonesia's second-largest listed coal miner Adaro Energy, has become the chairman of the China Committee at the country's largest business lobby group, the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, or Kadin.

Reuters - July 25, 2022

Dozens of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have sent an open letter to Elon Musk, urging the Tesla Inc's (TSLA.O) chief to not invest in Indonesia's nickel industry on environmental concerns.

Jakarta Post - July 25, 2022

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – The death of a junior police officer has caught the nation's attention this past week, with the media and the public increasingly skeptical of the National Police's claim he had been killed in a gunfight with another lower-ranking officer after he tried to sexually assault the wife of Insp. Gen. Ferdy Sambo, the chief of internal affairs.

United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) Press Release - July 25, 2022

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) and the Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front (FLNKS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), agreeing to mutually support each other's independence struggles.

Kyodo News - July 25, 2022

Jakarta – Over 4,000 troops from a dozen countries will join an annual joint military exercise between Indonesia and the United States next month amid simmering tensions in the South China Sea, according to officials.

Suara Papua - July 25, 2022

Ardi Bayage, Yahukimo – The West Papua National Committee (KNPB) rejects violence in the struggle for West Papuan liberation. This was conveyed by KNPB spokesperson Ones Suhuniap on Saturday July 23 when speaking with Suara Papua.

Suhuniap asserted that the KNPB rejects all forms of violence in the struggle to liberate Papua from Indonesia's colonial grasp.

Radio New Zealand - July 25, 2022

New Caledonia's pro-independence FLNKS movement has signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), which wants independence from Indonesia.

The deal was signed by Roch Wamytan, the President of New Caledonia's Congress, and the visiting ULMWP leader Benny Wenda.

Jakarta Globe - July 25, 2022

Bali Water, Asia's first sustainable spring water start-up, has formed a strategic partnership with global advertising network Saatchi & Saatchi to launch plant-based bottles and a mission to plant 10 million trees in Bali by 2030.

Fulcrum - July 25, 2022

Lee Sue-Ann – The race for Indonesia's 2024 presidential elections remains wide open. Among the top three contenders, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan is the one with the most options. If he does not make a run for the nation's top job himself, he is well-placed to become a kingmaker.

Jakarta Globe - July 25, 2022

Stefani Wijaya, Jakarta – The founder and the current CEO of Islamic charity organization Aksi Cepat Tanggap, or ACT, were named suspects on Monday for alleged fraud in their handling of funds from US aircraft manufacturer Boeing meant as compensation for the victims of a fatal Lion Air flight.

July 24, 2022

Australian Financial Review - July 24, 2022

Emma Connors, Singapore/Jakarta – Inadequate compensation, vaccine hesitancy and the difficulty involved in reaching millions of farmers are hampering Indonesia's efforts to stop the spread of foot and mouth disease (FMD).

Indonesia's central government is rushing to slaughter animals that have the disease or have been in contact with it, and to vaccinate others.

July 23, 2022

Channel News Asia - July 23, 2022

Kiki Siregar, Nusantara, Indonesia – These days, eastern Kalimantan has a new tourist attraction.

In the middle of a lush forest, a large sign says "Point Zero Nusantara". It marks the site of Indonesia's new capital city and serves as a reference point for calculating the height of the future buildings in the vicinity.

Antara News - July 23, 2022

Indriani, Mecca Yumna, Jakarta – The Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry has said that an understanding of the law on sexual violence needs to be built among the general public in order to assist victims.

Jakarta Globe - July 23, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Bandung – After months-long negotiations between youth delegates of G20 countries, the Y20 Summit finally came to a close on Friday night with the announcement of policy recommendations for the leaders of the world's biggest economies.

Straits Times - July 23, 2022

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – Batam's district court has sentenced an Indonesian captain of a Singapore-owned vessel to seven years in jail for transporting containers of hazardous and toxic liquid waste into Indonesia, breaching both environment and shipping laws.

Asia Pacific Report - July 23, 2022

Victor Mambor and Alvin Prasetyo in Jayapura – The US Holocaust Memorial Museum is warning in a new report that mass killings of civilians could occur in Indonesia's troubled West Papua region in the next year to 18 months if current conditions deteriorate to a worst-case scenario.

Jakarta Globe - July 23, 2022

Jakarta – The National Police have arrested 13 suspected militants believed to be members of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) during separate operations by counterterrorism squad Detachment 88 in the province of Aceh.

Sydney Morning Herald - July 23, 2022

Chris Barrett and Amilia Rosa, Bali – At Kubu Anyar, a five-minute motorcycle ride from Bali's popular Kuta beach, hobby farmer Made Purba Wilantara understands Australia's high anxiety about foot and mouth disease.

As the owner of a small family-run hotel in Kuta as well, he also knows just how much the Indonesian island needs Australians right now.

July 22, 2022

International Federation of Journalists Statement - July 22, 2022

Three men attempted to intimidate a journalist at his house in Tamiang Layang, Central Kalimantan, on July 17, allegedly for his coverage of sexual harassment by a local official.

Reuters - July 22, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia has launched a crackdown on peer-to-peer (P2P) lenders through a new regulation and capital requirements, in a move that industry sources say should help clean up a booming online lending sector beset by consumer complaints.

Tempo - July 22, 2022

Ali Akhmad Noor Hidayat, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan said that Saudi Arabia did not want to lose Indonesia as its partner. Luhut added that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman said that Saudi wanted to make more investments in Indonesia.

Tabloid JUBI - July 22, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Jayapura District Court on Thursday, July 21, 2022, continued the trial of the alleged treason case involving seven Papuans who raised the Morning Star flag at Cenderawasih Sports Center and marched carrying banners with the Morning Star on December 1, 2021.

UCA News - July 22, 2022

A global media watchdog has urged Timor-Leste to drop charges against a journalist accused of violating judicial confidentiality by publishing reports questioning the virginity tests of underage girls in an abuse case involving an ex-priest.

Jakarta Post Editorial - July 22, 2022

Jakarta – Nothing can justify the act of violence that claimed the lives of 11 people and wounded another, all unarmed civilians, on July 16 in Nogolaid village in Nduga regency, Papua.

Coconuts Jakarta - July 22, 2022

Death, taxes, and civil servants sitting on their asses are truly some of the only certainties in life. On the latter, it should come as no shock that civil servants also neglected their work during work from home (WFH) arrangements.

Tempo - July 22, 2022

Eka Yudha Saputra, Jakarta – Trade Minister Zulkifli Hasan targeted Indonesia to become the qibla or the benchmark of the world's Muslim fashion by 2024. The government, Zulkifli said, supports the growth of the sector through exports.

Tempo - July 22, 2022

Hamdan Cholifudin Ismail, Jakarta – The Communication and Information Ministry (Kominfo) decided to give five more days for private electronic systems providers (PSE) to register their platforms, extending the registration deadline to July 27, 2022. The ministry had sent an official letter to unregistered PSE.

UCA News - July 22, 2022

Indonesia's leading Catholic university has signed a deal to collaborate with nine universities and colleges in neighboring Timor-Leste, as part of an effort to improve education quality and foster fraternity between the institutions.

Tempo - July 22, 2022

Fransisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – State air carrier Garuda Indonesia has added three aircraft to its active fleet after the Central Jakarta District Court declared the company free from bankruptcy. Garuda president director Irfan Setiaputra said the company will operate Boeing 737-800 NG that were previously relocated by lessors.

July 21, 2022

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Statement - July 21, 2022

Bangkok – Indonesian authorities should investigate a series of incidents of harassment and intimidation against local journalists, identify and bring the relevant perpetrators to justice, and work to better protect media members and their ability to report without fear of reprisal or violence, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday.

Reuters - July 21, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia said on Thursday Alphabet Inc's Google has signed up to its new licensing rules for technology platforms, but warned that companies that had yet to register would be blocked in five working days.

Jakarta Globe - July 21, 2022

Jakarta – The Asian Development Bank, or ADB, has revised up its growth forecast for Indonesia to 5.2 percent this year, reflecting the country's robust domestic consumption and windfall revenue from high global commodity prices.

The latest projection was 20 basis points higher than the multinational lender's previous forecast in April of 5.0 percent.

Jakarta Post - July 21, 2022

A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – Indonesia has pushed back against the suggestion that its debate with neighboring Malaysia on migrant labor recruitment has been resolved, with an official saying that a temporary ban on sending workers there would be upheld.

Jakarta Globe - July 21, 2022

Yustinus Paat – Jakarta. The Election Supervisory Agency, or Bawaslu, has cleared Trade Minister Zulkifli Hasan of allegations that he misused his authority to campaign for his daughter, a potential candidate for the House of Representatives.

Reuters - July 21, 2022

Bernadette Christina Munthe and Fransiska Nangoy, Jakarta – The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) has accused 27 cooking oil companies of unfair business practices, saying it has enough evidence to put together a formal case against them.

Tempo - July 21, 2022

Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – Jakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria publicly voiced his support for Prabowo Subianto to run as a presidential candidate in the 2024 general elections.

Riza, who is a cadre of the Gerindra party and the chairperson of the party's Jakarta executive board (DPD), said Prabowo had contributed to advancing the party over the past 14 years.

Agence France-Presse - July 21, 2022

Jakarta – At least nine bodies have been found after a ferry sank off the coast of Ternate island due to bad weather, a search and rescue official said Thursday.

The KM Cahaya Arafah capsized in waters off Ternate island on Monday evening, prompting a search and rescue operation for 13 missing people.