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September 22, 2020

Jakarta Post - September 22, 2020

Jakarta – In a strange turn of events, the Indonesian Air Force has said the rumbling noises that rattled Jakarta over the weekend originated from a ceremony held at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base in East Jakarta.

Jakarta Post - September 22, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – Indonesia recorded an unprecedented daily increase in the COVID-19 death toll on Tuesday with 160 fatalities, bringing the national tally to 9,837.

Jakarta Post - September 22, 2020

Jakarta – The police in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, have named a local police officer a suspect for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl who had violated traffic rules.

Pontianak Police chief Sr. Comr. Komarudin said the physical examination results showed evidence of sexual intercourse.

Asia Pacific Report - September 22, 2020

Yanuarius Weya, Jayapura – A pastor has been shot dead at the weekend allegedly by the Indonesian military, sparking protests by church groups and a call for an investigation.

The pastor, Rev Yeremia Zanambani, was killed on Saturday in the Hitadipa district of Intan Jaya regency, Papua.

Asia & The Pacific Policy Forum - September 22, 2020

Petrus Farneubun, Johni Korwa – The historical roots of special autonomy in Papua can be traced back to two major events. The first was a meeting of 100 Papuan representatives with President Habibie in Jakarta on 26 February 1999. The second was the Second Papuan Congress held in Jayapura from 29 May to 4 June 2000. At both events, Papuans demanded political independence.

Tempo - September 22, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) Deputy Chairman Erwin Aksa expected a breakthrough represented by the government to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the 'new normal' era.

Jakarta Globe - September 22, 2020

Dwi Argo Santosa, Jakarta – The Association of Indonesian Nurses, or PPNI, claimed on Tuesday nearly 3,000 members have been infected by coronavirus and the number could grow significantly as the figure has come from just four provinces.

The association also said at least 85 nurses have died from coronavirus-related diseases.

Jakarta Post - September 22, 2020

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – The government is facing mounting pressure to postpone the regional elections this December amid concerns about greater COVID-19 transmission across the country, as officials prepare even stricter curbs.

Jakarta Post - September 22, 2020

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The Home Ministry and election organizers have agreed to revise a General Elections Commission (KPU) regulation (PKPU) to ensure COVID-19 health protocols are followed during this year's regional elections.

Jakarta Post - September 22, 2020

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – Entrepreneur and former Jakarta deputy governor Sandiaga Uno has joined the campaign team for President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's son-in-law Bobby Afif Nasution and running mate Aulia Rachman ahead of the mayoral race in Medan, North Sumatra later this year.

Jakarta Post - September 22, 2020

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The National COVID-19 task force has urged the election organizers to prohibit direct campaign rallies in the upcoming simultaneous regional elections and turn to online or broadcasted campaigns instead to curb the coronavirus transmission during the elections slated to take place on Dec. 9.

Jakarta Post - September 22, 2020

Jakarta – Azyumardi Azra, a prominent Muslim scholar and a professor at Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN Jakarta), has publicly announced that he would be a nonvoter in the December regional elections.

Jakarta Post - September 22, 2020

Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – A recent survey by the Health Ministry has found that many citizens do not believe that COVID-19 exists and that many have challenged the call to adhere to health protocols, the national COVID-19 task force has said.

Jakarta Post - September 22, 2020

Benny Mawel and Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta and Jayapura – The recent killing of pastor Yeremia Zanambani in Intan Jaya regency, Papua, allegedly carried out by personnel from the Indonesian Military (TNI) is the third case targeting a churchman in Papua since 2004, a church fellowship has said.

Tempo - September 22, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) recorded 2,059 natural disasters that struck Indonesia during the period from January to September 20, with the number of deaths reaching 282.

Most disasters were hydrometeorological in nature, or disasters that occurred as a result of the meteorological phenomena, the BNPB tweeted on Sunday.

Jakarta Post - September 22, 2020

Nina Loasana, Jakarta – Popular news outlet Liputan6.com filed a report of alleged intimidation, in the form of doxing, against one of its journalists, Cakrayuri "Cakra" Nuralam, to the Jakarta Police on Monday.

Jakarta Post - September 22, 2020

Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – The State Palace has maintained that Indonesia will hold the 2020 regional elections on Dec. 9, amid mounting calls from various parties for the race to be postponed as the coronavirus pandemic shows no signs of letting up.

Jakarta Post - September 22, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – Floods have inundated several parts of Jakarta due to heavy rainfall that occurred in the capital and its upstream areas on Monday. The authorities have also alerted residents near the Ciliwung riverbanks to stay cautious.

Jakarta Post - September 22, 2020

Jakarta – Presiding judge Johanis Hehamony said Hanny was found guilty of violating Article 82 of the Child Protection Law.

"We declare the defendant Hanny Layantara guilty and sentence him to 10 years in prison and order him to pay Rp 100 million in fines or serve an additional six months in prison," Johanis said on Monday as reported by kompas.com.

Jakarta Post - September 22, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – Former Riau governor and graft convict Annas Maamun has been discharged from the Sukamiskin penitentiary in Bandung, West Java, following clemency granted by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo last year.

Jakarta Post - September 22, 2020

Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman, Jakarta – The Trade Ministry launched "Indonesia Coffee Week" on Monday to promote the nation's beans and boost exports, especially to the European Union (EU), as trade lags during the pandemic.

Jakarta Post - September 22, 2020

Bambang Muryanto, Yogyakarta – Tourism businesspeople in Yogyakarta have demanded that the government establish clear and consistent regulations regarding tourist visits to the area, as the pandemic has pushed down the number of visitors.

South China Morning Post - September 22, 2020

Randy Mulyanto – Since Indonesia's capital Jakarta reimposed social-distancing restrictions last Monday, motorcycle ride-hailing driver Yosef has seen his daily income decrease by more than 80 per cent – some days, he only takes home around 50,000 rupiah (US$3.40).

Jakarta Post - September 22, 2020

Jakarta – Health authorities in Central Java have forced two women to self-isolate after they had planned to visit shopping centers despite having tested positive for COVID-19.

Jakarta Post - September 22, 2020

Mardika Parama, Jakarta – Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi inaugurated the reactivated Cianjur-Cipatat railroad network in West Java on Monday as part of the government's plan to reduce road traffic, especially in Bogor, Sukabumi and Padalarang and the surrounding areas.

Jakarta Post - September 22, 2020

Margareth S. Aritonang, Jakarta – Four more victims and witnesses have come forward and made a report after the Depok Police in West Java reopened a year-old investigation into a case of sexual abuse of orphanage boys, allegedly committed by their sole guardian, a Catholic brother.

Jakarta Post - September 22, 2020

Arya Dipa and Tri Indah Oktavianti, Bandung – A flash flood on Monday has left at least two people dead, 20 others injured and hundreds more displaced in Sukabumi, West Java.

Red Flag - September 22, 2020

James Balowski – Papuan activists have raised more than $70,000 to repay a government-sponsored scholarship received by exiled activist and human rights lawyer Veronica Koman, after the Indonesian government demanded that she return the money – a move she described as "financial punishment" for her West Papua advocacy work.

Jakarta Post - September 22, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Indonesia's state budget deficit swelled in August on the back of falling state revenue collection and increased government spending aimed at stimulating an economy reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.

September 21, 2020

Tempo - September 21, 2020

Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta – The Jakarta Transportation Agency recorded more than one thousand violations committed by online motorcycle taxi or online ojek drivers during the first week of the implementation of the Large-scale Social Restrictions or PSBB.

Jakarta Post - September 21, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – The House of Representatives has started to deliberate the controversial family resilience bill as lawmakers behind the bill, which is deemed by critics to interfere in the private lives of residents, submitted the substance to the House' Legislation Body (Baleg) on Monday.

Jakarta Post - September 21, 2020

Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has criticized the Supreme Court's recent record of granting judicial reviews of graft cases that have often led to lighter punishments than what was originally decided.

Jakarta Post - September 21, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani has said that the country's economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will depend on the fiscal stimulus package and on economic reforms brought about by the omnibus bills.

Straits Times - September 21, 2020

Jakarta – Indonesia has suspended exports from an Indonesian seafood company Putri Indah into China after its frozen fish products tested positive for the coronavirus, the country's Fisheries Ministry said in a statement last Saturday.

Tabloid JUBI - September 21, 2020

Angela Flassy, Jayapura – Eleven defendants charged with treason following a rally turned violent in Sorong last year sentenced to 10 months' imprisonment by Sorong District Court, Papua Barat, on Thursday (17/9/2020).

Mongabay - September 21, 2020

Hans Nicholas Jong, Yovanda, Samarinda, Indonesia – On Sept. 6, five teenagers went together to a man-made lake in Indonesia's East Kalimantan province, carved out of a coal-mining pit that had been abandoned and filled up with rainwater. It was a popular recreation site for the locals, thanks to its sparkling blue water.

The Guardian - September 21, 2020

A Chinese drug trafficker facing a death sentence has escaped from jail on the outskirts of Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, by tunnelling through the sewers, police have said.

CNN Indonesia - September 21, 2020

Jakarta – The House of Representatives' (DPR) Legislation Body (Baleg) has restarted deliberations on the Draft Law on Family Resilience which created a public controversy not long ago.

Tempo - September 21, 2020

Adi Warsono (Contributor), Bekasi – As many as 369 employees of the Epson factory in the Ejib industrial area, South Cikarang, Bekasi Regency were confirmed positive for the coronavirus disease or COVID-19. The factory was then shut down by the COVID-19 mitigation task force for two weeks.

Jakarta Post - September 21, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – Indonesia's largest Muslim organizations, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, have urged the government to consider delaying the upcoming regional elections amid heightened concerns over the COVID-19 crisis.

Jakarta Post - September 21, 2020

Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – The government has increased the deployment of police and military personnel to improve compliance with health protocols as the nation struggles to control the rising number of COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Jakarta Post - September 21, 2020

Yunindita Prasidya, Jakarta – Consumers are looking for affordability when purchasing cigarettes as the increase in the tobacco excise and the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have hit people's purchasing power, according to publicly listed cigarette maker PT HM Sampoerna.

Jakarta Post - September 21, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – The government is set to draft a regulation to restrict mass gatherings during the upcoming regional elections in an effort to prevent COVID-19 transmission.

Reuters - September 21, 2020

Jakarta – A soldier and a Christian pastor have been shot dead in separate incidents at the weekend in Indonesia's easternmost region of Papua, amid a flare-up in tensions between security forces and separatists groups in the restive area.

Australian Associated Press - September 21, 2020

An Indonesian church group has urged President Joko Widodo to order an independent investigation into the killing of a priest in the rebellious Papua province.

Local church leaders said Yeremia Zanambani was shot dead by Indonesian soldiers who were hunting separatist rebels in Intan Jaya district on Saturday, but police and the military said he was killed by insurgents.

Tempo - September 21, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – The Nahdlatul Ulama Executive Board (PBNU) has called on the General Election Commission (KPU), the Government and the Indonesian Parliament to postpone the implementation of the 2020 simultaneous Regional Head Elections (Pilkada) for the sake of the public health.

CNN Indonesia - September 21, 2020

Jakarta – The Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI) is urging President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo open the curtain on the shooting of Pastor Yeremia Zanamban in the Intan Jaya regency of Papua on Saturday September 19.

Jakarta Globe - September 21, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Indonesia has set a new record in the last 24 hours, with 4,176 new cases to take the country's total to 248,852.

It's only for the second time since the outbreak that daily number of newly cases has exceeded 4,000. The country has added more than 74,000 new cases since the beginning of the month.

Jakarta Post - September 21, 2020

Jakarta – The Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI) has urged President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to order a thorough investigation into the recent fatal shooting of Papuan pastor Yeremia Zanambani in Hitadipa district of Intan Jaya regency, Papua, allegedly committed by personnel of the Indonesian Military (TNI).

Jakarta Post - September 21, 2020

Arya Dipa, Bandung – The West Java administration has asked the central government for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests to increase the province's COVID-19 testing capacity.