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June 8, 2022

Tempo - June 8, 2022

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – A number of people claiming to be ex-terrorism convicts participated in the declaration event supporting Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan as a presidential candidate in the 2024 General Elections. They were also given the opportunity along with other declarators from Islamic organizations to deliver a speech.

Asia Times - June 8, 2022

John McBeth, Jakarta – As foreign tourists start trickling back to Indonesia, Maritime Coordinating Minister Luhut Panjaitan has created a furor by announcing plans to charge domestic tourists 750,000 rupiah (US$52) to explore Central Java's iconic Borobudur temple complex.

Tabloid JUBI - June 8, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Director of the Papua Legal Aid Institute (LBH Papua) Emanuel Gobay has asked President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to immediately audit the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) regarding its alleged purchase of weapons used in the armed conflict in Papua.

Benar News - June 8, 2022

Victor Mambor, Jayapura, Indonesia – Activists say authorities should investigate who dropped mortar shells from the sky on eight villages in Indonesia's rebellious Papua region during counter-insurgency operations last year, and whether the ammunition belonged to the national spy agency.

Tempo - June 8, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) task force head Zubairi Djoerban on Wednesday said that he believes Indonesia is currently entering the Covid-19 endemic phase after epidemiologists reviewed a number of positive indicators.

UCA News - June 8, 2022

Katharina Reny Lestari – Indonesia's military has sentenced two soldiers to eight and nine months in prison respectively for having sex with multiple men.

The sentences were condemned by rights groups, who said the punishments were another attack on the LGBT community in a country where homosexuality is legal.

Sydney Morning Herald - June 8, 2022

Lisa Visentin – Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus says there are "levers available" to the government on the handling of the Bernard Collaery case but remained tight-lipped about any steps the Commonwealth may take in the matter, as advocates renewed calls for Canberra lawyer's prosecution to be abandoned.

Tabloid JUBI - June 8, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The pilot of the Semuwa Aviation Mandiri (SAM) Air, M Farhan Fachri, managed to save himself when the plane he was carrying was shot at by armed groups at Kenyam Airport, Nduga Regency on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. Farhan escaped the gunfire after jumping into the sewers and taking cover for a while.

June 7, 2022

Tabloid JUBI - June 7, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Office of Statistics Indonesia (BPS) hoped that people in 29 regencies and cities in Papua would be willing to open up and accept 2020 Population Census officers who come to collect their data, Head of BPS Papua Adriana Robaha said in a press statement in Jayapura City on Thursday, June 2, 2022.

Tempo - June 7, 2022

Moh Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – The long-awaited electric bus fleet from Jakarta-owned bus service Transjakarta is officially in service by serving two routes on June 7.

Jakarta Post - June 7, 2022

Tim Harcourt, Sydney, Australia – Indonesia may be the world's fourth most populous nation – with more than 270 million people – but Australian news coverage of it typically involves three things: beef, boats and Bali.

Associated Press - June 7, 2022

Achmad Ibrahim and Edna Tariganjune, Jakarta, Indonesia – A middle-rank Indonesian army officer is being stripped of his military title after he was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for murder, joint deprivation of the independence of others and removing the bodies with the intention of concealment in a case that drew public outcry.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 7, 2022

We're beginning to lose track of the number of stories highlighting a recent rise in homophobic sentiment in Indonesia, with the recent temporary closure imposed on a South Jakarta cafe being just another drop in the expanding ocean of hate.

Tabloid JUBI - June 7, 2022

Merauke, Jubi – The Archbishop of Merauke, Petrus Canisius Mandagi, revealed that education services in the interior of Papua's Merauke Regency were not running, partly because teachers did not carry out their duties properly.

Mandagi heard the people's complaints himself during his Canonical Visit to Kimaam and Ilwayab Districts two weeks ago.

Tribune Magazine - June 7, 2022

Douglas Gerrard – In September of last year, labourers returning to work on the Trans-Papua highway found that much of their heavy equipment had been destroyed overnight. As a result, construction was briefly stopped on a stretch of road traversing the Bintang mountains, close to the border with Papua New Guinea.

Jakarta Globe - June 7, 2022

Jakarta – An elderly man believed to be the leader of Muslim group Khilafatul Muslimin was arrested in the province of Lampung early on Tuesday after group members staged a rally in Jakarta promoting a caliphate.

Jakarta Post - June 7, 2022

A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – Indonesia has joined in the chorus of Muslim majority countries condemning Indian politicians whose remarks are deemed to have insulted the Prophet Muhammad.

UCA News - June 7, 2022

By UCA News reporter – Timor-Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta has described a new law on the president's responsibilities, which was passed swiftly before his inauguration, as unconstitutional.

Jakarta Post - June 7, 2022

Nur Janti, Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia has called out the government for excessive use of force in Papua last week against protesters who were rallying against Jakarta's plan to create new provinces in the country's easternmost region.

Antara News - June 7, 2022

Evarianus Supar, Uyu Liman, Manokwari, W Papua (ANTARA) – The West Papua Regional Police have increased security in Manokwari city and its surrounding areas ahead of the implementation of the Woman 20 (W20) side event and the 4th Youth 20 (Y20) pre-summit.

Jakarta Globe - June 7, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Former president Megawati Soekarnoputri officially keeps her leadership role in the steering committee of the Agency for the Implementation of Pancasila Ideology, or BPIP, a non-ministerial government agency in charge of preserving the state ideology.

Jakarta Post - June 7, 2022

Yanti Lewerissa, Ambon – Across Indonesia's 16,056 islands and expansive coastline lies a rich reserve of marine resources, and a magnet for illegal fishing. But in the Maluku Islands, local wisdom is safeguarding precious fisheries, building sustainability and economic resilience in the process.

UCA News - June 7, 2022

Katharina Reny Lestari – The leader of an Islamic extremist group in Indonesia has been arrested and faces treason charges in connection with the recent staging of a "subversive" motorcycle rally calling for an Islamic caliphate.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 7, 2022

Authorities are up in arms over what would be considered just a regular party in places like Bali, but is absolutely inappropriate in a city like Depok.

Early on Sunday morning, the Jakarta Metro Police raided what they described as a "bikini party" in an unassuming housing complex in the satellite city, which is known for its strong Islamic identity.

June 6, 2022

Tempo - June 6, 2022

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – The Constitutional Court (MK) on Monday announced that it will soon hold plenary sessions for the judicial review application that was lodged against the Marriage Act (UU) and how it oversees interfaith marriage.

Detik News - June 6, 2022

Eva Safitri, Jakarta – The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has released a survey on the perceptions of experts about the construction of the new capital city (IKN) in East Kalimantan. The result, as many as 58.8 percent are not convinced that the IKN will proceed in accordance with the government's target.

Reuters - June 6, 2022

Kate Lamb, Jakarta – Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was in Indonesia on Monday to meet its President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and shore-up relations between the two neighbors, in his first bilateral visit since being elected last month.

Tempo - June 6, 2022

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investments Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan on Sunday made it clear that a special policy needs to be enacted to overcome the multiple issues that the Borobudur Temple management comes across too often; littering and vandalism.

Surara.com - June 6, 2022

Agung Sandy Lesmana – A video of alleged immoral acts by same-sex couples or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people which occurred at a cafe in the Pancoran area of South Jakarta has gone viral on social media

Asia Pacific Report - June 6, 2022

Yamin Kogoya – A flurry of peaceful rallies and protests erupted in West Papua and Indonesia on Friday, June 3.

Papuan People's Petition (PRP), the National Committee for West Papua (Komite Nasional Papua Barat-KNPB) and civil society groups and youth from West Papua marched in protest of Jakarta's plan to create more provinces.

Tempo - June 6, 2022

Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Panjaitan admitted that it is not easy to control cooking oil prices in the domestic market amid fluctuating prices of global oil.

The conversation - June 6, 2022

Tim Lindsey and Tim Mann, Melbourne, Australia – A new Australian prime minister flying to Indonesia to "reset" relations is now so routine it would probably raise hackles in Jakarta if it didn't happen.

The Guardian - June 6, 2022

Lizzie Cernik – In the summer of 2010, Rainer was volunteering at an underground LGBTQ+ film festival in Jakarta. "I was born and raised in the city and had been part of the festival for a while," he says.

CNN Indonesia - June 6, 2022

Jakarta – Residents from the Wadas Village Nature Concern Social Movement (Gempadewa) were blocked by razor wire when they held an action on International Environment Day at the offices of the Central Java governor in Semarang on the afternoon of Monday June 6.

Tabloid JUBI - June 6, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Amnesty International Indonesia and Amnesty International Australia made a joint press release to respond to the police's action in dispersing a peaceful protest against the Papua expansion plan as well as Papua's Special Autonomy (Otsus) in Jayapura City on Friday, June 3, 2022.

Jakarta Post Editorial - June 6, 2022

Jakarta – For at least 10 days after President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo lifted the palm oil export ban on May 23, not a single shipment of the commodity left port as a result of the entirely new and labyrinthine bureaucratic procedures imposed by the Trade Ministry.

UCA News - June 6, 2022

By UCA News reporter, Jakarta – Human rights activists including Christians have urged the Indonesian government to explain the use of mortars during airstrikes in Papua as alleged in a report by a London-based think tank.

Tabloid JUBI - June 6, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Spokesperson for the Papuan People's Petition (PRP) Jefri Wenda urges the Papuan Legislative Council (DPRP) and the Papuan People's Assembly (MRP) to immediately address people's aspirations in rejecting the creation of new autonomous regions in Papua (Papua expansion) and Papua's Special Autonomy.

Okezone - June 6, 2022

Widya Michelia (MNC Media), Jakarta – The Indonesian military (TNI) has again dismissed and imprisoned rogue TNI soldiers for being proven to have committed homosexual or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) acts.

The Guardian - June 6, 2022

Katharine Murphy – Anthony Albanese says Australia's economic relationship with Indonesia has "struggled to keep pace" with the country's "extraordinary economic rise" but the new government in Canberra will dig in behind emerging opportunities, including partnerships in clean energy.

June 5, 2022

Jakarta Post - June 5, 2022

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The Aceh Police have named former Bener Meriah regent Ahmadi as a suspect of wildlife crime involving the skin of a Sumatran tiger, and have detained him along with two other suspects.

The three suspects face a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of Rp 100 million (US$6,928).

Sydney Morning Herald - June 5, 2022

Katharine Murphy, Perth – Anthony Albanese had what officials characterised as a "warm and positive" conversation with the Timor-Leste prime minister, Taur Matan Ruak, en route to Jakarta on Sunday.

Australian Financial Review - June 5, 2022

Robert Law – Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Foreign Minister Penny Wong's visit to Indonesia is the first step in rebuilding a relationship that warrants more attention. The convention for new prime ministers to make an early visit to Indonesia is recognition of that country's importance to Australia across a range of political, security and economic issues.

The Epoch Times - June 5, 2022

Nina Nguyen – East Timor President Ramos-Horta has ruled out a security pact with China's ruling communist regime but defended his country's decision to sign a slew of deals across areas including agriculture and economic cooperation.

June 4, 2022

Associated Press - June 4, 2022

Victoria Milko and Andi Jatmiko, Babahan, Indonesia – Tossing flowing crests back and forth, three snow-white Bali mynahs share a branch, squawking and looking around with the trademark blue patches around their eyes catching sunlight. Minutes later, four more join – a sight that would have been impossible in the wild two decades ago.

Jakarta Globe - June 4, 2022

Herman, Jakarta – The National Development Planning Agency, or Bappenas, is proposing the phaseout of vehicles running on gasoline and diesel to pave way for the government's net zero emission target.

The sales of fossil fuel-powered vehicles must be discontinued completely by 2040, according to the proposal being drafted by Bappenas.

Australian West Papua Association (Sydney) Statement - June 4, 2022

Six defendants on trial for the attack on the Kisor Military Post in Maybrat Regency West Papua, were sentenced to between 18 and 20 years in prison on the 31 May.

Antara News - June 4, 2022

Abdul Kadir, Suharto, Makassar, S Sulawesi – The South Sulawesi provincial government has launched the "South Sulawesi Free From Drugs, Find Drug-Free Sons-and Daughters-in Law" Movement as part of the drug eradication program.

Jakarta Post Editorial - June 4, 2022

Jakarta – For the second time in less than three months, Indonesia will steal the show for motorsport enthusiasts around the world. On Saturday, Jakarta will host the Formula E race, the ninth stop of the season, at the newly built Jakarta International E-Prix Circuit in Ancol, North Jakarta, just near the city's most-prominent amusement park.

SBS News - June 4, 2022

China's foreign minister signed a series of agreements in Timor-Leste on his final stop of a 10-day diplomatic blitz of the South Pacific on Friday, boosting ties between Beijing and Southeast Asia's youngest country.