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October 3, 2022

Jakarta Post Editorial - October 3, 2022

Jakarta – Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who were killed or wounded in the post-match tragedy at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang, East Java, on Saturday.

The Guardian - October 3, 2022

Rebecca Ratcliffe in Bangkok and Reno Surya in Jakarta – Indonesian police are facing mounting pressure over their management of crowds during the Kanjuruhan stadium disaster, where at least 125 people were killed and 320 injured in a crush of fleeing spectators.

Reuters - October 3, 2022

Reuters, Jakarta – The country's fifth-largest political party NasDem on Monday announced that it is backing outgoing Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan as its candidate for the 2024 presidential election.

Tabloid JUBI - October 3, 2022

Manokwari, Jubi – The West Papua Police confirmed there were 14 construction workers of the TransBintuni-Maybrat road allegedly shot by the National Liberation Army of West Papua (TPNPB).

Spokesperson of the West Papua Police Sr. Come. Adam Erwindi said on Friday night, September 30, 2022, that nine workers managed to save themselves in the shooting incident.

Sydney Morning Herald - October 3, 2022

Karuni Rompies, Chris Barrett and Amilia Rosa, Malang, Indonesia – As chaos unfolded at Indonesia's Kanjuruhan Stadium, with bodies beginning to accumulate, Arema assistant coach Kuncoro searched desperately for his 16-year-old daughter.

Mongabay - October 3, 2022

Grace Dungey – Indonesian palm oil workers and labor rights activists are looking to press their advantage following the success of four labor rights appeal cases heard in Indonesia's Supreme Court last year.

Jakarta Post - October 3, 2022

Fikri Harish, Jakarta – These days, 32-year-old Rahman who regularly commutes from his apartment near Tanah Kusir to Sudirman, takes a combination of TransJakarta feeder buses and the MRT trains to go work.

While he can save money by using just the TransJakarta buses, he doesn't mind the extra expense as he likes the MRT.

Suara Papua - October 3, 2022

Jayapura – The witnesses testimonies by Polri (Indonesian police officers) that were presented during the hearings into the 2014 Paniai massacre case at the Makassar District Court in South Sulawesi on Wednesday September 28, reinforce the grounds for the Attorney General and the court not to just prosecute a single defendant.

Kompas.com - October 3, 2022

Singgih Wiryono, Jakarta – The Civil Society Coalition is urging President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to publically apologise to the victims of the Kanjuruhan Stadium tragedy.

UCA News - October 3, 2022

A Catholic nun in Timor-Leste has bagged a human rights award for her role during the nation's independence struggle and for her service to end violence against women and children and other marginalized groups.

Jakarta Post - October 3, 2022

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has reportedly moved to select the new Indonesian Military (TNI) chief as the current commander, Gen. Andika Perkasa, will reach his retirement age of 58 on Dec. 21 and Jokowi does not seem to consider an extension of Andika's military service.

Agence France-Presse - October 3, 2022

Jakarta – Anger against the National Police mounted in Indonesia on Monday after at least 125 people were killed in one of the deadliest disasters in the history of football, when officers fired tear gas in a packed stadium, triggering a stampede.

The tragedy on Saturday night in the city of Malang also saw 323 people injured.

October 2, 2022

Jakarta Post - October 2, 2022

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The North Tapanuli Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) in North Sumatra has recorded to date that at least one person has been killed and 24 injured, with 952 homes damaged, following a 6-magnitude earthquake that hit in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Tempo - October 2, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Muhadjir Effendy, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Cultural Affairs, has invited the people, including the younger generation, to interpret and practice the values contained in the nation's ideology, Pancasila.

Jakarta Globe - October 2, 2022

Jakarta – Leading plantation firm Astra Agro Lestari (AAL) denied allegations that it has committed environmental destruction, human rights violations, and land grabs that led food and drinks conglomerate Nestle SA to call for a boycott of its palm oil.

The Guardian - October 2, 2022

Rebecca Ratcliffe, David Connett and Adam Fulton – At least 174 people were killed and around 180 injured at a football match in Indonesia after police used teargas in response to a pitch invasion by rioting fans, causing a crush among panicked spectators.

Sydney Morning Herald - October 2, 2022

Chris Barrett and Karuni Rompies, Singapore/Jakarta – Indonesia President Joko Widodo has ordered an investigation into security procedures at a football match in East Java after one of the worst stadium disasters in history.

Jakarta Globe - October 2, 2022

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The Indonesian government implied on Sunday that it won't recognize the results of the so-called referendums in four regions in Ukraine that become the basis for Russia to annex them.

Associated Press - October 2, 2022

Nicole Winfield, Vatican City – The United Nations and advocacy groups for survivors of clergy sexual abuse are urging Pope Francis to authorize a full investigation of Catholic Church archives on three continents to ascertain who knew what and when about sexual abuse by Nobel Peace Prize-winning Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo, the revered independence hero of East Timor.

The Guardian - October 2, 2022

John Duerden – Indonesia's love for football is the greatest in all of Asia but along with that passion comes a long list of tragedies. The disaster on Saturday in Malang, in which at least 125 fans died when they tried to escape being teargassed by police, is not only by far the worst ever in the history of the world's fourth-most populous country but one of the worst anywhere.

October 1, 2022

Jakarta Post - October 1, 2022

Robertus Robet (360info), Jakarta – A fatal oversight in Indonesia's history of political reform is the absence of efforts to reform Indonesian police. The militaristic nature of the police lingers despite two decades of institutional separation with the armed forces.

Reuters - October 1, 2022

Jakarta – The Indonesian Navy hasn't requested or received money to release detained vessels or ship captains, a senior naval officer said, responding to a Reuters report quoting captains saying they were held by the navy in an extortion scheme.

Tempo - October 1, 2022

Riri Rahayu (Antara), Jakarta – The increase in soybean prices has affected tofu and tempeh producers. Chairman of the Indonesian Tofu and Tempeh Cooperatives Association (Gakoptindo), Aip Syarifuddin, stated that many tofu and tempeh producers have reduced their production capacity.

Merdeka - October 1, 2022

Winda Nelfira (Liputan6.com) – Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has officially become a member of the social organisation (ormas) Pancasila Youth (PP).

Reuters - October 1, 2022

Jakarta – Four people were shot and killed by an armed rebel group in restive West Papua province, the latest in a string of attacks on civilians, police said on Friday.

Jakarta Post - October 1, 2022

Fachrizal Afandi (360info), Malang, East Java – There's a joke in Indonesia: NKRI, the widely used acronym for the republic, in fact stands for Negara Kepolisian Republik Indonesia – "Indonesia is a Police State". Caricatures and memes in social media show how powerful the police are in the Indonesian justice system today.

Tabloid Jubi - October 1, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan students studying in Russia and Australia asked the Indonesian government to respect the health rights of Papua Governor Lukas Enembe, who has recently been named a graft suspect for allegedly receiving Rp 1 billion of gratuities. The students hoped Lukas Enembe was allowed to seek medical treatment abroad.

Tempo - October 1, 2022

Bisnis, Jakarta – The National Cyber and Crypto Agency (BSSN) was urged to immediately reveal the person behind the hacker persona 'Bjorka'. The pressure came after the BSSN received a Rp70 billion increase in its budget.

September 30, 2022

Jakarta Post - September 30, 2022

Fadhil Haidar Sulaeman, Jakarta – The Indonesian Ombudsman has urged the Agriculture Ministry and other government bodies to solve a horticulture imports conundrum that has been dragging on for weeks.

Tabloid Jubi - September 30, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) continues to trace various cases similar to the murder and mutilation case in Mimika Regency on August 22, 2022. The search was conducted to find similarities in the modus operandi of the killing of Indigenous Papuans.

CNN World - September 30, 2022

Heather Chen, Hong Kong – Even by the bloody standards of Indonesia's decades-long Papua conflict, one massacre stands out for its brutality – and the seeming impunity of those behind it.

Coconuts Jakarta - September 30, 2022

Double the validity, half the renewal hassle. The Ministry of Law and Human Rights has passed a new regulation extending the validity of Indonesian passports from five years to 10 years.

The regulation, signed by Minister Yasonna Laoly on Sept. 19, came into effect on Sept. 29.

Jakarta Globe - September 30, 2022

Jakarta – Beverage company Es Teh Indonesia Makmur apparently cannot take criticism gracefully as it immediately took legal action against a Twitter user who recently criticized its product for being too sweet.

The Conversation - September 30, 2022

Andrew Conroe, Jakarta – What does it mean to have knowledge about a violent historical event that, for the most part, has never made it into national history books?

Reuters - September 30, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia said it has granted emergency use approval to an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine developed by a Chinese company, becoming the first country, ahead of even China, to do so.

RMOL Jakarta - September 30, 2022

Bonfilio Mahendra Wahanaputra – An alliance of students which make up the Populist All Indonesia Student Executive Council (BEM SI Kerakyatan) has invited President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to appear before a people's tribunal that will be held near the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta on October 20.

Antara News - September 30, 2022

Tri Meilani A, Suharto, Jakarta – The Constitutional Court has rejected the Prosperous Justice Party's (PKS) application for a judicial review of the 20-percent presidential threshold stipulated in General Election Law No. 7/2017.

Jakarta Post - September 30, 2022

Wahyoe Boediwardhana, Jakarta – Ship operators under the River, Lake and Water Transportation Operators Association (Gapasdap) have announced that they will scale back ferry services on several major routes to cut down losses as the Transportation Ministry has not yet implemented a new pricing scheme following a significant fuel price hike earlier this month.

Reuters - September 30, 2022

Singapore – More than a dozen senior Indonesian government and military officials were targeted last year with spy software designed by an Israeli surveillance firm, according to nine people with knowledge of the matter.

Six of the individuals told Reuters they were targeted themselves.

Tempo - September 30, 2022

M. Faiz Zaki, Jakarta – The National Association of University Students Executive Bodies (BEM SI) is set to stage yet another demonstration to voice several problems in the administration of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. The protest will take place in the Horse Statue area near Monas Jakarta on Friday afternoon, September 30, 2022.

Jakarta Globe - September 30, 2022

Jakarta – Putri Candrawathi was detained on Friday ahead of the trial on the murder of a policeman allegedly ordered by her husband, former police general Ferdy Sambo.

She was the last of the five suspects in the July 8 murder of Brigadier Nofriansyah Yosua Hutabarat to be detained, after police handed the case to prosecutors for trial.

CNN Indonesia - September 30, 2022

Jakarta – Demonstrators from an alliance of student groups begun arriving at the Horse Statue in Central on Friday September 30 where they gave speeches on the road after refusing to use the location provided by the police.

The protesters arrived at around 3.30 pm and began giving speeches in the middle of the three-way intersection in front of the Horse Statue.

Associated Press - September 30, 2022

Dili, East Timor – East Timor's Catholics reacted with shock but also expressions of support Friday for revered independence icon and Nobel Peace Prize winner Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo following allegations he sexually abused boys decades ago in the impoverished Southeast Asian nation.

Channel News Asia - September 30, 2022

Jakarta – Four people were shot and killed by an armed rebel group in Indonesia's restive West Papua province, the latest in a string of attacks on civilians, police said on Friday (Sep 30).

Jakarta Post - September 30, 2022

Nina A. Loasana and Nur Janti, Jakarta – More police officers have been brought before the National Police ethics panel on allegations of ethics violations over their handling of the Brig. "J" Nofriansyah Yosua Hutabarat murder case, with the latest being Second Insp. Arsyad Daiva Gunawan who was demoted on Monday.

Jakarta Globe - September 30, 2022

Hendro Situmorang, Jakarta – The Drug and Food Supervisory Agency (BPOM) on Friday issued the emergency use authorization for two local vaccines against Covid-19 called IndoVac and AWcorna.

Indovac is developed by state-owned pharmaceutical company Bio Farma in collaboration with US-based Baylor College of Medicine.

Jakarta Post - September 30, 2022

Fadhil Haidar Sulaeman, Jakarta – The World Bank has said that new rules on investment brought about by the Job Creation Law should be complemented by trade policy reforms for Indonesia to attract more investment.

Coconuts Jakarta - September 30, 2022

An Indonesian man who had built a reputation as a savior of unwanted children has been arrested on suspicion of child trafficking.

September 29, 2022

Benar News - September 29, 2022

Arie Firdaus, Jakarta – The Indonesian government on Thursday threatened to deploy the army to remove supporters of the Papua governor who have gathered outside his house to stop his potential arrest as a suspect in a bribery case.

Jakarta Post - September 29, 2022

News Desk, Jakarta – Febri Diansyah and Rasamala Aritonang, respectively a former spokesperson and a former senior official of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), held a joint press briefing on Wednesday to announce that the pair had joined the defense team of Ferdy Sambo and Putri Candrawathi.