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June 10, 2021

Reuters - June 10, 2021

An adult male orangutan has been released into an Indonesian national park by conservationists and the government after he was caught eating a villager's coconut plants on Borneo island.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 10, 2021

The Witness and Protection Agency (LPSK) says it's offering legal protection to an alleged sexual harassment victim, who publicly came forward this week to say she was assaulted by a celebrity.

CNN Indonesia - June 10, 2021

Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) has recorded that 938 demonstrators have been arrested on the grounds of violating health protocols since the corona virus (Covid-19) pandemic began early last year.

Kontras also found 300 cases of alleged violence suffered by demonstrators protesting during the Covid-19 pandemic.

June 9, 2021

International Federation of Journalists Statement - June 9, 2021

Global media organisations sent a joint letter to Indonesia's minister of Communication and Information Technology urging him to repeal Ministerial Regulation 5/2020 (MR5) that enables companies to monitor content. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate, the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) urge the government to repeal the MR5 regulation.

Fulcrum - June 9, 2021

Max Lane – The rapprochement of Jokowi and Prabowo has resulted in the unusual absence of a polarising rivalry among the main political parties. Nor have there been fundamental differences among parties over major policy questions. Instead, their manoeuvres have been concerned with positioning their choice of presidential candidates for the 2024 elections.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 9, 2021

Indonesians may soon be encouraged to spend weeks at a local tourism destination in between COVID-19 jabs, with the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry preparing a domestic vaccine tourism package to boost the ailing industry.

Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said the program could be launched imminently.

Tempo - June 9, 2021

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna H. Laoly said that Indonesia would become "too liberal" if the state allows insults against the President. He said that the government will include an article on defamation against the president in the latest Draft of the Criminal Code (RKUHP).

Tempo - June 9, 2021

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) publicly voiced its opposition against the revision of the Penal Code Law (RKUHP) on contempt against the president which is currently being handled by DPR legislators.

Jakarta Globe - June 9, 2021

Jakarta – Inefficient processing, storage, transportation, as well as wastage at the consumer's level have led Indonesia to throw away around 23 to 48 million metric tons of food every year, an amount that is enough to address the country's malnourishment problem, according to a report published on Wednesday.

Antara News - June 9, 2021

Andi Firdaus/Suharto, Jakarta – The World Health Organization (WHO) commended Indonesian President Joko Widodo's commitment to expediting and optimizing the national vaccination program as part of the endeavors to end the COVID-19 pandemic.

UCA News - June 9, 2021

Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta – The Indonesian government has decided to reopen all schools for the upcoming academic year starting in July under strict conditions despite the Covid-19 situation remaining dire.

Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin told reporters on June 7 that face-to-face learning "must be held, but with extra precautions."

Indonesia at Melbourne - June 9, 2021

Sofie Arjon Schutte – Over the last month, an administrative tug of war has gripped the anti-corruption community in Indonesia – and beyond. The dismantling of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has reached a decisive point: the sudden, some say orchestrated, dismissal of some of its most dedicated employees.

Jakarta Post - June 9, 2021

Jakarta (Agencies) – Indonesia on Wednesday reported 7,725 new coronavirus infections, the highest daily number since Feb. 26, bringing the total number of cases to 1.87 million, data from the country's COVID-19 taskforce showed.

The task force also reported 170 people died from COVID-19 on Wednesday, taking the total to 52,162.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 9, 2021

Jakarta has become the first Indonesian province to begin administering the COVID-19 vaccine to all adults, as the capital seeks to boost vaccination coverage.

Tempo - June 9, 2021

Koran Tempo, Jakarta – Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) researcher, Kurnia Ramadhana, suspects a number of state institution leaders were involved in eliminating 75 Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) employees who failed to pass the controversial civic knowledge test (TWK).

Jakarta Post - June 9, 2021

Mark Lempp, Jakarta – The general recovery of business activity in Indonesia has done little so far to reduce credit risks at companies under financial pressure, according to S&P Global Ratings.

Coconuts Bali - June 9, 2021

A religious figure in Bali has been sentenced to four years and six months in prison after he was found guilty of sexual assault.

The convict, a 38-year-old man named I Wayan Mahardika, was found guilty of violating Article 289 in Indonesia's criminal code (KUHP) on sexual assault yesterday.

Antara News - June 9, 2021

A. Malik Ibrahim/Suharto, Gresik, JE Java – Five people lost their lives, while several others sustained injuries during an explosion at a factory in Gresik District, East Java Province, on Tuesday.

The Guardian - June 9, 2021

Rebecca Ratcliffe and Johanes Hutabarat in Jakarta – A blanket of thick, snow-like foam covers the surface of a canal in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta. The froth has exuded from the waters of the east flood canal in Marunda repeatedly over recent years, usually in the rainy season.

Jakarta Post - June 9, 2021

Eisya A. Eloksari, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has announced that the Greater Jakarta LRT is on track to be fully operational by June 2022, a full month earlier than originally scheduled.

Tempo - June 9, 2021

Friski Riana, Jakarta – The Journalist Safety Committee (KKJ) strongly condemns the acts of terror and string of threats against journalists and media outlets joined in the independent whistleblower platform IndonesiaLeaks.

Tempo - June 9, 2021

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – The Indonesian Rental Fleet Association (PAS), which is an association supervising online and rental transportation, on Wednesday said that there are roughly 100,000 Gojek drivers who will go on strike from June 8 up to June 10.

Al Jazeera - June 9, 2021

Aisyah Llewellyn, Medan, Indonesia – Teacher Istu Prayogi spent the 1990s living in Indonesia's congested capital of Jakarta, all the time battling a runny nose, headaches and shortness of breath.

It turned out the problem was all around him, and he was not the only one suffering.

June 8, 2021

Kompas.com - June 8, 2021

Achmad Nasrudin Yahya, Jakarta – The National Alliance for Criminal Code Reform says it regrets a move by the Justice and Human Rights Ministry (Kemenkumham) to start socialising revisions to the Criminal Code (KUHP).

Tempo - June 8, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – More than 11 million people in Indonesia have received their second dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of Monday afternoon, according to the Task Force for COVID-19 Handling.

As many as 70,312 people received their second jab on Monday, bringing the total number of fully vaccinated Indonesians to 11,197,069.

Tempo - June 8, 2021

Bisnis, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) reported Tuesday, June 8, that Indonesia's foreign exchange reserves at the end of May-amounted to US$136.4 billion, which is a drop compared to the end of April of US$138.8 billion.

UCA News - June 8, 2021

Ryan Dagur, Jakarta – A shooting incident in which an off-duty Timor-Leste policeman killed two innocent people and wounded another has sparked calls for police reform in the Catholic-majority country.

The incident, which also triggered clashes between youths and police, occurred in the early hours of June 5 in the capital Dili.

Straits Times - June 8, 2021

Jeffrey Hutton, Jakarta – When parliamentary Speaker Puan Maharani, the daughter of former president Megawati Sukarnoputri, arrived at the headquarters of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) in Semarang, Central Java, on May 22, it was to meet 100 party leaders including district heads in person and online.

Liputan 6 - June 8, 2021

Jakarta – Activists from Fukushima Anti-Nuclear Indonesia (IANFU) held a protest action commemorating International Ocean Day on Tuesday June 8 demanding that the Japanese government not dispose of nuclear reactor coolant waste into the Pacific Ocean.

Mongabay - June 8, 2021

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Indonesia says it will begin retiring coal-fired power plants for good – while still continuing to build more than a hundred new ones, in the latest mixed message from one of the last coal-friendly countries in the world.

Tempo - June 8, 2021

Dicky Kurniawan, Jakarta – Traffic congestion in the capital city of Jakarta has visibly increased amidst the Covid-19 pandemic due the removal of the odd-even number plate policy as one of the culprits.

This policy, prior to the pandemic, has helped control the number of vehicles permitted to pass a certain street.

Tempo - June 8, 2021

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – The North Jakarta Police arrested a teacher of religious studies identified as Heru Sucianto (58) for child molestation against five of his students in Penjaringan, North Jakarta.

Upon his arrest, the suspect attempted to flee from his house after he knew that the victims' parents had filed a police report on Friday last week.

Channel News Asia - June 8, 2021

Nivell Rayda, Jakarta – Usually, with the Haj season just weeks away, the two-storey shop selling supplies and gifts for people preparing for the Islamic pilgrimage would be a hive of activity.

Coconuts Bali - June 8, 2021

Balinese musician Jerinx was released from Kerobokan prison this morning after having served his controversial conviction for hate speech.

Jerinx, whose real name is I Gede Ari Astina, was sentenced to 14 months in prison last November for hate speech, but had his sentence reduced to 10 months following an appeal. The 43-year-old had been detained since August.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 8, 2021

Indonesia seems to be on the brink of a COVID-19 surge with a substantial increase in daily cases this week and with more regions now given the undesirable "red zone" tag.

Jakarta Globe - June 8, 2021

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Preparations are underway for Indonesia's G20 presidency in 2022, as the government teams up with the academia.

Kompas.com - June 8, 2021

Rahel Narda Chaterine, Jakarta – The extended family of the late Suharto held a commemoration marking 100 years since Indonesia's second president's birth.

Aside from Suharto's extended family, also attending the event in person was Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo and Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan.

Human Rights Watch News Release - June 8, 2021

Andreas Harsono – Hundreds of Muslims in Indonesia this week demanded that the local government in Sraten village, East Java, stop the Muhammadiyah congregation from building a mosque. The protest prompted the village head to order the construction halted until the Muhammadiyah group obtained a building permit.

Tempo - June 8, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investments Luhut Pandjaitan, in a report by Antara News on Tuesday, met with Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China, Wang Yi on June 5.

Tabloid JUBI - June 8, 2021

Hengky Yeimo, Nabire – A humanitarian team in Timika, the capital of Mimika Regency, is collecting and distributing aids for the people of Puncak Regency who fled their villages to avoid armed conflict between the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) and the Indonesia Military (TNI) and police.

Reuters - June 8, 2021

Fransiska Nangoy, Toboali, Indonesia – From the shores of Indonesia's Bangka island, miners like Hendra head out by boat every day to scores of crudely built wooden pontoons dotted off the coast that are equipped to dredge the seabed for lucrative deposits of tin ore.

UCA News - June 8, 2021

Ryan Dagur, Jakarta – A court in Timor-Leste has decided to conduct proceedings against an American ex-priest accused of child abuse by video conference after he failed to appear for the resumption of his trial for a fourth time.

Jakarta Globe - June 8, 2021

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Family members of long-serving President Soeharto held a religious event at a Jakarta mosque on Tuesday to commemorate his centennial birthday and used the occasion to speak highly about his "outstanding services" to the country.

June 7, 2021

Coconuts Bali - June 7, 2021

Police in Bali say they are increasing the supervision of foreign nationals in the province as a response to recent viral pornographic content made on the island.

Macao News - June 7, 2021

Tibar Port in Timor-Leste is half-finished, with the grand opening expected in May 2022.

The new port is expected to handle 350,000 containers a year, replacing the existing facilities in Dili and ending an economic bottleneck.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 7, 2021

Got a gripe about the way the country is run? Don't tweet about it or you may find yourself in a prison cell, should a proposed revision to Indonesia's Criminal Code (KUHP) get ratified.

Tabloid JUBI - June 7, 2021

Arjuna Pademme, Jayapura – The National Commission of Human Rights (Komnas HAM) Papua has suggested the government return the refugees of armed conflict in Puncak Regency back to their respective hometowns.

Tempo - June 7, 2021

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – The political competition ahead of the 2024 presidential election has started to ignite even though no political parties have officially declared their candidates, a number of political figures have started to show their presence namely in social media.

CNN Indonesia - June 7, 2021

Jakarta – The armed conflict in Papua has escalated recently with a series of armed contacts being unavoidable and more loss of life.

The West Papua National Liberation Army-Free Papua Organisation (TPNPB-OPM) has also warned all Indonesians working in Papua to immediately leave the land of the Bird of Paradise as Papua is known.

Nikkei Asia - June 7, 2021

Erwida Maulia, Jakarta – A long-delayed project to construct the first railway on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi is gaining traction, with contractors securing 693.8 billion rupiah ($48.5 million) in an Islamic law-compliant syndicated loan led by Bank Syariah Indonesia.