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July 13, 2019

Jakarta Post - July 13, 2019

Jakarta – A surge of waste imports into cities in East Java has prompted a teenager to write to United States President Donald Trump to protest about the incoming trash.

Aeshnina Azzahra, a 12-year-old from Gresik, East Java, wrote that the river in her neighborhood was "very dirty and smelly" as many factories dispose of their waste carelessly on land and water.

Jakarta Post - July 13, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo met his former challenger Prabowo Subianto on Saturday morning at an MRT station in Lebak Bulus, South Jakarta, in their first encounter following the bitterly contested presidential election.

Jakarta Post - July 13, 2019

Jakarta – The police have detained and named teacher Asteria Fitriani for allegedly spreading hate-induced fake news in her post on Facebook in which she allegedly urged people not to put a photo of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on display.

July 12, 2019

Jakarta Post - July 12, 2019

Jakarta – Manufacturing sector exports grew 9.8 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the first five months of 2019 with a value of US$51.06 billion, or 74.59 percent of the country's total exports recorded at $68.46 billion from January to May.

Al Jezeera - July 12, 2019

A woman, facing six months in prison in Indonesia for recording a lewd phone call by her boss as evidence she was being harassed, is expected to receive a presidential amnesty after an outcry over the sentence.

Mongabay - July 12, 2019

Indra Nugraha, Jakarta – Indonesia's anti-corruption agency has charged a governor from the island of Sumatra with bribery in connection to a land reclamation project, in the latest high-profile case of environmental graft in the country.

Sydney Morning Herald - July 12, 2019

James Massola and Aisyah Llewellyn, Jakarta – Nurdin, 38, was resting on the back porch of the Jami Al-Munawaroh Mosque in Sentul City, Bogor, when he heard the sounds of an altercation coming from the entrance.

"I sprinted towards the sound to see what was happening," the mosque cleaner told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, "and saw a woman screaming and shouting.

CNN Indonesia - July 12, 2019

Surabaya – Two school girls from East Java, Aeshnina Azzahra alias Nina (12) and Zahira Zade (11), have sent hand-written protest letters to US President Donald Trump. The letters were sent through the US Consulate General in the East Java provincial capital of Surabaya.

Tempo - July 12, 2019

Ade Ridwan Yandwiputra, Jakarta – Citeureup Sector Police secured 39 empty drums suspected to be previously filled with hazardous and toxic waste (B3 waste) on vacant land in Tajur Village, Citeureup, Bogor, Thursday, July 11.

Tempo - July 12, 2019

Friski Riana, Jakarta – The head of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) legal aid, Sugito Atmo Prawiro, has blamed the Indonesian government for the current immigration hassle on the organization's leader, Rizieq Shihab. He asserted that the hefty fine the FPI leader is facing was not his fault.

Jakarta Post - July 12, 2019
Jakarta – The Islam Defenders Front (FPI) plans to raise money through crowdfunding to help its leader, Rizieq Shihab, pay a fine for overstaying his visa in Saudi Arabia, according to Sugito Atmo Prawiro, head of FPI legal aid.

Sugito said the FPI has asked the Indonesian government to pay the fine, since the FPI claims Jakarta was behind Rizieq overstaying his visa, and the organiz

Jakarta Post - July 12, 2019

Jakarta – The rupiah weakened against the US dollar on Friday, with the exchange rate standing at Rp 14,085 per US dollar on the spot market at 10 a.m., 0.12 percent lower than its position on Thursday evening.

Sydney Morning Herald - July 12, 2019

John McDonald – When the Reformasi era began in 1998 Indonesian art burst out like a tightly coiled spring released from its bonds. It wasn't just artists who rejoiced in their newfound freedom – the entire population was now able to imagine itself as a citizenry of the world rather than subjects of Suharto's corrupt, oppressive regime.

Straits Times - July 12, 2019

Jakarta (Bloomberg) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo vowed to implement a wave of reforms to attract foreign investment as he looks to unleash the potential of South-east Asia's biggest economy during his second term in office.

Mongabay - July 12, 2019

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – A new Indonesian government regulation that restricts the types of carbon-rich peat landscapes that must be protected has raised concerns among environmentalists about a backslide in forest protection policies.

Coconuts Jakarta - July 12, 2019

Ratna Sarumpaet, a former senior campaigner for defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, was sentenced to two years in prison by the South Jakarta District Court yesterday after being found guilty of spreading a hoax during the presidential campaign.

Tempo - July 12, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Minister of Health Nila Moeloek barred teachers from cigarette smoking in schools, fearing that the act might be followed by students. Nila said that non-smoking teachers might prevent tobacco use among children.

Tempo - July 12, 2019

Suci Sekarwati, Jakarta – The Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed than an Indonesian worker in Malaysia had reported rape. The woman works as a household helper in Perak.

On July 10, the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur sent a diplomatic note to the Malaysian Foreign Affairs Ministry requesting access to the consular affairs.

Tempo - July 12, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo urged political parties to provide young professionals as candidates for his second-term cabinet.

"I ask political parties to offer young [candidates] and from professionals," said the president today as he opened the Karya Kreatif Indonesia 2019 (2019 Indonesian Creative Works) at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC).

TV New Zealand - July 12, 2019

Winston Peters helped open Pacific Exposition 2019 in Auckland today by showcasing his drumming skills, after giving a speech on New Zealand's role in the Pacific.

During his speech, Mr Peters told the audience of the importance of New Zealand's relationship with Indonesia, and of the Pacific diversity of the people that make up New Zealand's Parliament.

Jakarta Globe - July 12, 2019

Novy Lumanauw, Jakarta – Providing a glimmer of hope to a movement against sexual abuse in Indonesia, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo promised on Friday to swiftly resolve the case involving Baiq Nuril Maknun, who received a prison sentence for recording lewd comments by a man who sexually harassed her.

Reuters - July 12, 2019

Agustinus Beo Da Costa, Jakarta – Indonesia has granted clemency to a Canadian teacher convicted of sexually abusing students, an official said on Friday, in a case that critics say was riddled with irregularities and threw a spotlight on the Southeast Asian country's justice system.

Coconuts Bali - July 12, 2019

Bali's provincial government is set to designate Benoa Bay as a maritime conservation site soon, but, with several other massive infrastructure projects also planned in the southern part of the island, activists are urging officials to also consider stopping those that might also pose a threat to the environment, just as the Benoa Bay reclamation project did before politicians rece

China Dialogue - July 12, 2019

Nithin Coca – Indonesia's anti-corruption watchdog has accused the head of the state-owned electricity distribution monopoly of facilitating bribery, linking him to a case that has led to the arrest of nine people, including the ex social affairs minister and another member of parliament.

Radio New Zealand - July 12, 2019

Advocates for West Papua in New Zealand are protesting a major Pacific trade show put on by Indonesia.

About a dozen people including New Zealand MP Marama Davidson have gathered in Auckland to oppose the Pacific Exposition.

CNN Indonesia - July 12, 2019

Surabaya – A group of people from the Brantas River Coalition to Stop Imported Plastic Trash (Bracsip) held a protest action not far from the US Consulate General in Citra Raya Niaga, Surabaya, on Friday July 12.

They were protesting imported plastic waste which is alleged to have been illegally smuggled into Indonesia from the US.

Dili Weekly - July 12, 2019

Paulina Quintao – The National Commission for Combating HIV/AIDS in Timor-Leste (KNKS-TL) is standing by its decision to not socialize about condom use to the public as a prevention method for HIV transmission despite receiving strong critiques from organizations and groups.

Coconuts Jakarta - July 12, 2019

A hotel with clear windows in Purwokerto, Central Java, has corrupted the minds of the town's children, locals allege, resulting in their protest against the establishment yesterday evening.

Tempo - July 12, 2019

Dias Prasongko, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named Riau Islands Governor Nurdin Basirun suspect in the alleged bribery of a permit for reclamation plan in the province. The permit was planned to be used to built tourist resorts.

Tempo - July 12, 2019

Ahmad Faiz Ibnu Sani, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo or Jokowi said he will maintain a number of ministers in the current cabinet for his second administration term.

"[I'll keep] many [of the ministers]," he shortly said after opening the 2019 Karya Kreatif Indonesia in Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), Friday, July 12.

Tempo - July 12, 2019

Friski Riana, Jakarta – After blaming the Indonesian government for Rizieq Shihab's current situation, the head of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) legal aid, Sugito Atmo Prawiro, said he would set up consolidation among FPI members to collect enough funds to settle the FPI leader's hefty fine.

News Hub - July 12, 2019

Melissa Chan-Green – A West Papuan human rights activist has questioned why Indonesia organised an expo for Pacific leaders to gather in Auckland on Friday.

But Indonesian officials say they feel very much part of the region and want to strengthen those ties.

Organisation for World Peace - July 12, 2019

Zac Williams – The West Papuan independence movement has been ongoing for more than half a century. Since the 1962-1963 Indonesian takeover of West Papuan territory, West Papuans have endured political and social persecution, without any substantial help from the international community.

Jakarta Post - July 12, 2019

Jakarta – Amid the spotlight on worsening air pollution in the capital city, the Jakarta Health Agency has advised residents to wear better quality face masks in order to prevent pollutants from entering their lungs.

Jakarta Post - July 12, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Iron and Steel Industry Association (IISIA) has expressed concern over the large influx of imported steel amid the declining national steel industry marked by the need to restructure state-owned steel maker PT Krakatau Steels.

July 11, 2019

Coconuts Jakarta - July 11, 2019

The Indonesian Embassy in Saudi Arabia today shared the amazing news that an Indonesian domestic worker has been freed from death row in the Middle Eastern kingdom following almost 19 years of legal uncertainty.

CNN Indonesia - July 11, 2019

Jakarta – House of Representatives Deputy (DPR) Speaker Fahri Hamzah has confirmed that the Indonesia New Direction Movement (Garbi) social organisation (ormas) will soon be transformed into a political party (parpol).

Hamzah said that the decision will be taken based on considering the aspirations of all Garbi sympathisers who established the group more than a year ago.

Tempo - July 11, 2019

Imam Hamdi, Jakarta – Jakarta Legal Aid (LBH Jakarta) urged the police to stop the investigation and detention of woman SM who brought a dog to Al Munawaroh Mosque, Sentul, Bogor. SM was named a suspect in a blasphemy case.

Tempo - July 11, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) summoned former Coordinating Ministers for Economic, Financial, and Industry Affairs, Kwik Kian Gie and Rizal Ramli, over the misuse of Bank Indonesia liquidity support (BLBI) funds.

Jakarta Post - July 11, 2019

Bambang Nurbianto, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has signed a government regulation that will give fiscal incentives to airlines after all relevant stakeholders in the aviation industry agreed to cost sharing to push airfares down.

Jakarta Globe - July 11, 2019

Antara & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The House of Representatives wants industries to respond to the government's tax on plastic shopping bags by creating more environmentally friendly alternatives.

Jakarta Post - July 11, 2019

Jakarta – The subdued textile and textile products industry is not impressed by the government policy to offer "jumbo" tax deductions as the industry considers that the safeguard policy will be more helpful to protect the industry from the storm of imported products.

Jakarta Post - July 11, 2019

Jakarta – Squatters living along the banks of the West Flood Canal in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta know that they are not supposed to dwell in the area, but limited options have forced them to return again and again despite frequent and imminent evictions carried out by the Jakarta administration.

Eurasia Review - July 11, 2019

Made Ayu Mariska – In the 2019 Indonesian presidential election, there were more female voters than male voters. There were 93 million women registered for the election, making up 50.2% of total voters. Both pair of presidential candidates were competing to win the vote by tackling gender issues in their campaign, especially issues facing women in particular.

Jakarta Post - July 11, 2019

Jakarta – The City Council special committee tasked with selecting the new deputy Jakarta governor is still preparing the procedures.

Several members say the committee has almost completed the draft procedures, including a requirement that the plenary meeting quorum to elect the new deputy governor should be more than 50 percent of all councilors.

Sydney Morning Herald - July 11, 2019

James Massola, Jakarta – Indonesia's foreign ministry has delivered a blunt message to the Australian companies shipping contaminated waste offshore: stop sending your rubbish overseas and deal with the problem at home.

Coconuts Jakarta - July 11, 2019

Horrible overcrowding has long been a serious issue in Indonesia's prison, but one that rarely merits much attention from average Indonesians or the local media.

BBC News - July 11, 2019

Relatives of people killed in the Boeing 737 Max crash in Indonesia last year have been cheated out of compensation, their lawyers say.

Lawyers told the BBC that many families were persuaded to sign forms preventing them from taking legal action.

CNN Indonesia - July 11, 2019

Jakarta – Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab's name has again come into the public spotlight in the midst of a planned political reconciliation following the 2019 presidential elections.

Tempo - July 11, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri said she would not interfere with formation of cabinet by President-elect Joko Widodo or Jokowi.