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October 11, 2022

Tabloid JUBI - October 11, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Malaysian government expressed their desire to invest in the trade, tourism, and education sectors in Papua. This was conveyed by Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia Adlan Mohd Shaffieq during a meeting with the Papua Provincial Government.

UCA News - October 11, 2022

Katharina R. Lestari – More than 100 Catholic priests have signed a petition seeking fair trials in cases of violence, including sensational murders, as a way of peace-building in Indonesia's restive Christian-majority Papua region.

Jakarta Post - October 11, 2022

Wike D. Herlinda, Jakarta – Indonesian shipments of palm oil and its derivatives skyrocketed in August, pointing to a positive impact of the government's decision to temporarily suspend export levies.

Sydney Morning Herald - October 11, 2022

Chris Barrett and Amilia Rosa, Denpasar – Peering into the site of the old Sari Club through a hole in its corrugated iron fence, Andrew Csabi knows a part of him will always be there.

CNN Indonesia - October 11, 2022

Jakarta – The Narrative Advocacy Team has handed over a petition calling for a full investigation into the recent hacking of Narrative Media staff social media accounts to the Presidential Staff Office (KSP). The petition was signed by 16 thousand people.

Tabloid JUBI - October 11, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Office of the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM Papua) has conducted an investigation into the attack on 14 construction workers of the Trans Bintuni-Maybrat road allegedly carried out by the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) in Bintuni Bay Regency, West Papua Province.

Jakarta Post - October 11, 2022

Dio Suhenda, Jakarta – On the heels of fatal flooding in Greater Jakarta and beyond last week, vast swathes of the archipelago are being asked to prepare for more extreme wet weather in the coming days.

Kyodo News - October 11, 2022

Surakarta, Central Java – A radical Muslim cleric, thought to be behind the 2002 terrorist bombings that killed 202 people on the resort island of Bali, said in a recent interview that he still believes Indonesia should implement Islamic law, vowing to work to make it happen.

Jakarta Post - October 11, 2022

Prime Sarmiento and Leonardus Jegho, China Daily, Hong Kong – Indonesia's development of its own COVID-19 vaccine will ensure that the country is independent and capable of controlling the pandemic, experts say.

Indonesia's immunization program now relies on imported vaccines, but producing a homegrown vaccine has always been part of its anti-pandemic drive.

Tabloid JUBI - October 11, 2022

Makassar, Jubi – During the trial of Bloody Paniai gross human rights violation at the Makassar Human Rights Court on Monday, October 3, 2022, the defendant's lawyer, Syarir Cakkari questioned why the police did not follow up on a number of alleged criminal acts in the Bloody Paniai series of events.

Channel News Asia - October 11, 2022

Nivell Rayda, Jakarta – Sitting on a narrow country road, the 180 sqm plot of land in the outskirts of Jakarta looked deserted. There were tall and unkempt shrubs as well as unused building materials occupying what was supposed to be the headquarters of a charitable organisation.

Jakarta Globe - October 11, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said on Tuesday the whole world is paying the price for the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war that brings devastating impacts on the economy and overturned the global economic outlook.

Fulcrum - October 11, 2022

A'an Suryana – The deadly soccer match in Indonesia's Malang City behooves the authorities to revise their crowd control procedures. The issue of toxic sub-cultures among fans should also be addressed.

CNN Indonesia - October 11, 2022

Jakarta – The Jakarta chapter of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) has criticised a statement by Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan who blamed extreme weather as the only cause of floods in the capital.

Tempo - October 11, 2022

Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Indonesia, the Press Legal Aid (LBH), and SAFEnet on Monday handed over an online petition – signed by more than 16,000 people – to the Presidential Staff Office (KSP) demanding an investigation against the massive cyberattack against national media Narasi.

Tempo - October 11, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The public prosecutor (JPU) at Surabaya's District Court on Monday has charged the sexual crime defendant who allegedly sexually violated dozens of Islamic boarding school students in Jombang, East Java. The defendant, Moch Subechi Azal Tsani (MSAT) or Mas Bechi, will be charged with 16 years behind bars.

Jakarta Globe - October 11, 2022

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – Indonesia offers investment opportunities in asphalt production worth up to $1.3 billion as the Southeast Asian countries plan to halt imports of the road material in two years, a top official said on Tuesday.The country imported 95 percent of asphalt today despite sitting on huge natural asphalt reserves.

Tempo - October 11, 2022

Moh Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – The chairperson of the Indonesian Transportation Workers Union (SPAI) Lily Pujiati tended to agree with the analysis of transportation expert Djoko Setijowarno who deemed online motorcycle taxi or "ojek online" as a failed business model.

Jakarta Globe - October 11, 2022

Jakarta – The Indonesian economy is projected to record a strong growth of at least 5.2 percent by the end of the year amid improving key economic indicators despite geopolitical tension and energy crises exacerbated by the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, the chief economic minister said on Tuesday.

Jakarta Post Editorial - October 11, 2022

Jakarta – Home to millions of soccer fans, Indonesian should, in principle, be well poised to lead the regional development of the sport, both in terms of athletic achievement and in the maintenance of first-rate facilities. The Oct. 1 Kanjuruhan Stadium tragedy, however, has shown how far we lag behind.

October 10, 2022

Benar News - October 10, 2022

Stephen Wright, Wellington – Pacific island nations have tempered their protests against Indonesia's rule in its volatile Papua region, a possible sign that Jakarta's effort to silence some of its most vocal critics has gained traction, analysts say.

Tempo - October 10, 2022

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – The Civil Society Coalition's fact-finding team dedicated to independently investigating the deadly stampede at the Kanjuruhan stadium found that the hundreds of fans attending the football match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya were not just dispersed with tear gas inside the stadium following a pitch invasion after the match ended, but also ou

Al Jazeera - October 10, 2022

Aisyah Llewellyn, Medan, Indonesia – When Indonesia recently unveiled the latest plans to overhaul its ageing Criminal Code, one of the articles that caught everyone's eye was the one about the death penalty.

Jakarta Post - October 10, 2022

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – Young people aged between 17 and 39, who will make up 54 percent of voters in 2024, want a president who can make significant changes and they don't think 70-year Prabowo Subianto, despite his huge popularity, is their man.

Jakarta Post - October 10, 2022

News Desk, Jakarta – The National Police disclosed on Monday that some of the tear gas canisters fired in the lead-up to the Kanjuruhan Stadium stampede in Malang, East Java, had expired.

Jakarta Post - October 10, 2022

News Desk, Jakarta – In an apparent swipe against outgoing Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has ordered interim Jakarta governor Heru Budi Hartono to immediately deal with the current flooding which has so far inundated 68 neighborhood units (RT) in the capital city.

Jakarta Globe - October 10, 2022

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X had his term as Yogyakarta governor extended by another five years on Monday which will keep him in office for a total of 29 years.

Yogyakarta in southern Java Island has been granted a special autonomy status and led by a monarch since Indonesia's independence in 1945.

Jakarta Globe - October 10, 2022

Jakarta – East Java Police Chief Insp. General Nico Afinta was removed and assigned to administrative duty based on an internal memo issued on Monday, nine days after the deadly crush that killed at least 131 people after police fired tear gas munitions at football spectators in the town of Malang.

Jakarta Post Editorial - October 10, 2022

Jakarta – It is not unusual for politicians to bend or even break rules to achieve their goals. In its most basic, if not cynical form, politics is nothing but a "means to an end".

United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) Statement - October 10, 2022

The people of West Papua are today mourning the passing of two towering figures in our independence movement, Jonah Wenda and Leonie Tanggahma.

On behalf of the ULMWP and all West Papuans, I send my deepest condolences to their families and other loved ones.

October 9, 2022

The Guardian - October 9, 2022

Reno Surya, Malang – Only four paramedics were on standby inside the football stadium in Indonesia where 131 people were killed in a crowd crush, with a further 12 nearby, the head of the local public health office has said, promising a thorough evaluation of the response.

Kompas.com - October 9, 2022

Vitorio Mantalean, Jakarta – The Civil Society Coalition fact finding team (TPF) has conducted an investigation for at least seven days related to the Kanjuruhan Stadium tragedy in which 131 people died on October 1 as a result of teargas fired by police.

Jakarta Post - October 9, 2022

Fadhil Haidar Sulaeman, Jakarta – Akhmad from Jakarta felt euphoric when activity restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic were lifted early this year. For the 23-year-old researcher, the relaxed rules for travel, entertainment and commerce marked the beginning of a spending spree.

Jakarta Globe - October 9, 2022

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, or PDI-P, has not revealed its presidential candidate for 2024 despite having the luxury of getting its pick on the ballot without help from other parties.

October 8, 2022

Jakarta Globe - October 8, 2022

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – Indonesia won't get sanctions from the world football governing body FIFA, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said on Friday, after at least 131 people died at Kanjuruhan Stadium in the East Java town of Malang in a crush when spectators were tear-gassed by security officials.

Tabloid JUBI - October 8, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Legislative Council lawmaker Laurenzus Kadepa called on Investment Minister or Head of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Bahlil Lahadalia to resolve the rights of 8,300 ex-workers of PT Freeport Indonesia who were laid off unilaterally for going on strike. Kadepa said Lahadalia should help solve the problem that has remained unclear for years.

UCA News - October 8, 2022

Ryan Dagur – Catholic activists in Papua have urged Indonesian authorities to refrain from employing coercive measures against their ailing provincial governor, accused of corruption in what many believe is a politically motivated case.

Jakarta Globe - October 8, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Teachers should consider streamlining the curriculum and put more emphasis on nurturing student engagement rather than coverage of material, according to curriculum design expert Heidi Hayes Jacobs at the recent 12th HighScope Indonesia Annual Conference.

Tempo - October 8, 2022

Devi Ernis, Jakarta – The Education, Culture, Research, and Technology Minister Nadiem Makarim lamented the reported discrimination experienced by a high school student of SMAN 2 Depok. Nadiem also assured that the central and regional government will make sure that schools will become safe spaces free from discriminatory behavior.

Tempo - October 8, 2022

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo launched the Etana Biotechnologies Indonesia biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility at East Jakarta's Pulogadung area on Friday, October 7, 2022.

Tabloid JUBI - October 8, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Recently, Roy Marthen Howay, one of the four suspects in the murder and mutilation of four Nduga Residents in Mimika Regency on August 20, 2022, who is on the run, made a statement in a video about the case.

October 7, 2022

Jakarta Post - October 7, 2022

Fadhil Haidar Sulaeman, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has urged his ministers to scale up the country's food estate megaproject to boost agricultural productivity, even as technical problems continue to plague the program in its third year.

Jakarta Post - October 7, 2022

Dio Suhenda, Jakarta – Greater Jakarta braces for more flooding after heavy downpours swept through many neighborhoods, causing massive floods and severing major thoroughfares in the past few days.

Heavy rains and flooding also hit other parts of the country, with more rain forecast across the archipelago for the rest of the week.

The Strategist - October 7, 2022

David Engel – The Indonesian government's announcement on 27 September of its agreed 2023 defence budgetary allocation leaves Indonesia no closer to having a military capable of wielding a 'minimum essential force' (MEF) by 2024, let alone, on its current trajectory, of transforming into the powerful nation envisaged in President Joko Widodo's 2016 defence white paper or his more re

Jakarta Globe - October 7, 2022

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi' Widodo has appointed his secretary Heru Budi Hartono as the acting Jakarta governor to replace Anies Baswedan whose term expires on October 16, the capital city's top councilor said on Friday.

UCA News - October 7, 2022

Siktus Harson – A multimillion-dollar graft scandal involving high-ranking leaders in conflict-torn Papua has drawn a public backlash and further impoverished people traumatized by decades of violence.

Jakarta Post Editorial - October 7, 2022

Jakarta – Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced early this week a 1.17 percent headline inflation in September on a month-to-month basis – the highest since December 2014 – and 5.95 percent year-to-year inflation, while core inflation was 3.21 percent on a YOY basis.

Jakarta Post - October 7, 2022

Deni Ghifari, Jakarta – The Communications and Information Ministry has once again postponed the analog switch-off (ASO) program for Jakarta, leading experts to question whether digital television broadcast in Indonesia will be feasible in time.

Jakarta Post - October 7, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia was among 19 nations that rejected a motion against China at the United Nations to hold a debate on alleged rights abuses against Muslim Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, in a blow to largely Western attempts to antagonize Beijing internationally.

Mongabay - October 7, 2022

Basten Gokkon, Richaldo Hariandja, Jakarta/North Penajam Paser, Indonesia – The Indonesian government's strategy to minimize the marine impacts of building a new capital city on the island of Borneo is severely lacking, researchers and activists say.