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July 9, 2022

Jakarta Post - July 9, 2022

Nur Janti, Jakarta – The House of Representatives went into a month-long recess on Friday, with no conclusion to the deliberation on the highly anticipated data protection bill.

Sydney Morning Herald Letters - July 9, 2022

Australians in general are not hobbled by the convention of neither confirming nor denying what is as plain as day ("Bernard Collaery's leaking charges over East Timor operation dropped on Mark Dreyfus' orders", July 8).

Jakarta Post Editorial - July 9, 2022

Jakarta – This weekend Muslims in Indonesia, and around the world, celebrate their first Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) of the post-COVID19 pandemic era, thankfully facing much fewer social mobility restrictions, which had limited their movements in 2021 and 2020.

Jakarta Globe - July 9, 2022

Bali – Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said all her counterparts from G20 countries were present in person during the two-day meeting in Bali, although Russia's Sergei Lavrov reportedly walk out of the room before the conclusion on Friday.

July 8, 2022

CNN Indonesia - July 8, 2022

Jakarta – The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) has criticised a plan by the Environment and Forestry Ministry (KLHK) to pardon hundreds of companies operating illegally in forest areas based on Law Number 11/2020 on Job Creation.

Tabloid JUBI - July 8, 2022

Merauke, Jubi – Hundreds of Merauke student members of the Indonesian Student Alliance protested against a number of articles in the revision to the Criminal Code (RKUHP) in front of the Merauke Regional Legislation Council (DPRD) Office on Wednesday, July 6, 2022.

Crikey.com - July 8, 2022

Bernard Keane – Bernard Collaery's immediate ordeal is over. For four years he has been pursued by a vindictive government hellbent on punishing him not merely for helping, with Witness K, to expose the malignant crimes of the Howard government in Timor-Leste, but for trashing basic concepts of the rule of law to do so.

Jakarta Globe - July 8, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Friday expressed his condolences on the death of Japanese former prime minister Shinzo Abe who had been shot while delivering a rally speech in Nara.

"Allow me to extend our deepest condolences on the tragic demise of former PM Abe Shinzo of Japan," Jokowi wrote on Twitter.

Jakarta Post - July 8, 2022

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is calling on Indonesians to work hard and work together with the government to lower the stunting prevalence rate to 14 percent from 24.4 percent in the next two years.

Jokowi said that stunted children meant that Indonesia's future generation would have difficulties competing with their peers from other countries.

Fulcrum - July 8, 2022

Ian Storey – Indonesia President Joko Widodo's visit to Ukraine and Russia was quite remarkable. But the trip achieved little in finding a way out of the current impasse between Kyiv and Moscow.

Australian Financial Review - July 8, 2022

Michael Pelly – The unprecedented decision by Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus to discontinue the prosecution of former ACT attorney-general Bernard Collaery over national security leaks could lead to a substantial bill for the Commonwealth.

Tempo - July 8, 2022
Moh Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – A document has emerged containing records that suggest Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto owns a property in the form of a luxury apartment in Paris, France.

Tempo and French media L'obs obtained the document stating the politician had bought the asset back in 2005 for the price of 1.79 million euro, or roughly Rp27.37 billion in today's currency.

Jakarta Globe - July 8, 2022

Mikael Niman, Fana Suparman, Jakarta – The Counter-Terrorism National Agency (BNPT) on Friday called for stricter regulations on charity organizations amid concern that they are being used by radical groups to collect funding under the disguise of religious charities.

Tempo - July 8, 2022

Mutia Yuantisya, Jakarta – The Lintas Student Press Institute (LPM) Defenders Coalition is asking the Ambon State Administrative Court or the PTUN to be wise and just in its ruling on a lawsuit against the shutdown of the Ambon State Institute of Islamic Studies (IAIN) student magazine Lintas.

The Guardian - July 8, 2022

Kieran Pender – It was easy to feel hopeless, watching from the sidelines as a brave whistleblower went through hell.

July 7, 2022

Tempo - July 7, 2022

M Faiz Zaki, Jakarta – The Journalist Safety Commission (KKJ) in a statement on Wednesday expects the new Criminal Code Draft Law (RKUHP) that is set to be passed by the House and the government will not sacrifice press freedom, which the commission argues will significantly affect the work of journalism.

Jakarta Post - July 7, 2022

Jakarta – The National Police's Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) has issued a statement that the East Java Police had "no trouble" with handling a sexual abuse case that involved the son of a prominent kyai (Islamic teacher) in Jombang regency.

Tabloid JUBI - July 7, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Police sent a platoon of troops from the Dogiyai Police to Paniai Regency to anticipate further riots following the death of a tribal chief, who was shot during the vandalism at the Paniai Regent's Office on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

JPPN - July 7, 2022

Medan – A Kamisan (Thursday) action held by a civil society group in the North Sumatra provincial capital of Medan was forcibly broken up by plan clothed police officers on Thursday July 7.

New Mandala - July 7, 2022

Yassar Aulia and Sayyidatiihayaa Afra – Pressured to solve the ongoing cooking oil crisis in Indonesia, President Joko Widodo reshuffled his cabinet and appointed Zulkifli Hasan to replace the previous Minister of Trade, Muhammad Lutfi.

The Guardian - July 7, 2022

Christopher Knaus and Paul Karp – Timor-Leste's president, Jose Ramos-Horta, has welcomed the "wisdom and fairness" of the decision to end the prosecution of Bernard Collaery, saying the lawyer is a "good man" who represented the best of Australian ideals.

UCA News - July 7, 2022

Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta – A priest and a nun were part of a three-member team that met Indonesian parliamentarians urging them to include human trafficking issues in the Muslim-majority nation's school curriculum.

Vanuatu Daily Post - July 7, 2022

Len Garae – The global leader and President of the United Liberation Movement of West Papua (ULMWP), Benny Wenda, touched down in Vanuatu at 1.30pm on Monday this week after a long flight from London, Dubai, and Sydney to Port Vila.

jakarta globe - July 7, 2022

Yustinus Paat, Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Defamation against the president and the vice president is a crime punishable by up to four and a half years in prison, according to the Criminal Code bill submitted by the government to the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

SBS News - July 7, 2022

High-profile lawyer Bernard Collaery says he can finally move forward with his life after Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus ordered longstanding leaking charges against him to be dropped.

Mr Collaery had been facing charges for four years after he was accused of leaking classified information about an alleged Australian spying operation in East Timor.

Tempo - July 7, 2022

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The death penalty or capital punishment continues to be mentioned in the latest draft of the Criminal Code Bill (RKUHP) that was handed over by the government to the House of Representatives (DPR) on Wednesday. The death penalty under the RKUHP is mentioned in Articles 67, 98, 99, 100, 101, and 102.

The Conversation - July 7, 2022

Michelle Grattan – The Albanese government has acted quickly to abandon the prosecution of Bernard Collaery, who was charged in relation to the leaking of information about Australia's alleged spying in Timor-Leste.

WA Today - July 7, 2022

Lisa Visentin – Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has ordered the Commonwealth to drop the prosecution of lawyer Bernard Collaery, four years after he was charged with leaking classified information about Australia's alleged spying operation in East Timor.

The Guardian - July 7, 2022

Christopher Knaus – On the last day of summer, 2013, lawyer Bernard Collaery sat down to pen a missive to a client known only as Witness K. The client, a veteran of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, had spent years stewing over his involvement in an Australian mission to bug the offices of Timor-Leste during 2004 negotiations to carve up crucial oil and gas resources.

Crikey.com - July 7, 2022

Bernard Keane – The prosecution of Bernard Collaery for his role in the exposure of the Howard government's bugging of the Timor-Leste cabinet in 2004 is over. This afternoon, Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus announced that he had no-billed the prosecution, under section 71 of the Judiciary Act.

Tabloid JUBI - July 7, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Head of the United for Truth (BUK), an organization for victims of human rights violations, Tineke Rumkabu said victims of the Bloody Biak tragedy demanded President Joko Widodo fulfill his political commitment to resolve various cases of human rights violations in Papua.

Tempo - July 7, 2022

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The final draft of the Criminal Code Bill or RKUHP contains regulations about abortion mentioned in Article 467, which subjects women who commit abortion to 4 years behind bars. However, it exempts victims of rape.

July 6, 2022

Channel News Asia - July 6, 2022

Clara Ferreira Marques, Singapore – Indonesian President Joko Widodo visited Kyiv and Moscow last week, offering to be a diplomatic bridge between the two. The first Asian leader to make the trip to both capitals since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, he made a few headlines, but no real progress.

Tempo - July 6, 2022

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – The spokesperson of Papua Police Sr. Comr. Ahmad Musthofa Kamal rebutted the claims made by the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB), the armed wing of the Free Papua Movement (OPM), that they killed an undercover intelligence officer. According to Kamal, they killed a civilian.

Jakarta Post - July 6, 2022

Jakarta – The Law and Human Rights Ministry submitted on Wednesday the government's final draft revision of the Criminal Code after making what it called an improvement to the proposed regulation.

Jakarta Globe - July 6, 2022

Herman, Jakarta – The government has launched a new cooking oil product with subsidized prices and offered incentives for producers who agree to join the program, Trade Minister Zulkifli Hasan said on Wednesday.

Called Minyakita, the new product will be sold in simple packaging at only Rp 14,000 ($1) a liter.

Coconuts Jakarta - July 6, 2022

Police have charged four people for the alleged rape of 11 female students at an Islamic school in Depok, West Java. The suspects were listed as three ustaz (Islamic studies teachers) and one senior at the school.

Tempo - July 6, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – As transportation accounts for 47 percent of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions recorded in the province, the government has decided to impose several vehicle restrictions, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has informed.

Kompas.com - July 6, 2022
Nicholas Ryan Aditya, Jakarta – House of Representatives (DPR) Deputy Speaker Sufmi Dasco Ahmad from the Greater Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) says that they will consider a proposal to discuss revisions to the Information and Electronic Transaction (ITE) Law by a special committee.

The proposal was conveyed earlier by the ITE Law Victims Association (PAKU ITE) and the Serious

Tempo - July 6, 2022

Anwar Siswadi (Contributor), Jakarta – Research firm Populix has released its latest survey on consumers' preference for banking and e-wallet apps which found that 64 respondents own banking and financial services apps on their mobile devices.

Tabloid JUBI - July 6, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Interfaith leaders in Papua gathered to discuss the "Challenges and the Role of Religions in the Struggle to Build Peace in Papua" in Jayapura City on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. The meeting was initiated by the Secretariat for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (SKPKC) Franciscan Papua.

Tempo - July 6, 2022

Antara, Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – A representative for the Ministry of Agriculture on Wednesday said the government deemed the foot and mouth disease (FMD) has spread across 21 provinces in Indonesia and affects over 300,000 cattle in 232 regencies and cities.

July 5, 2022

Australian West Papua Association (AWPA) Statement - July 5, 2022

The 6th July marks 24 years since the Biak Massacre when the Indonesian security forces massacred scores of people in Biak, West Papua. The victims, included women and children who had gathered for a peaceful rally. They were killed at the base of a water tower flying the Morning Star flag

Coconuts Jakarta - July 5, 2022

Police in Jombang, East Java are facing pressure from a revered Islamic figure to drop their pursuit of his fugitive son, who is wanted on suspicion of molesting a minor.

Kompas.com - July 5, 2022

Ardito Ramadhan, Jakarta – University of Indonesia Student Executive Council (BEM UI) Chairperson Bayu Satria Utomo believes that the stipulations under Article 273 in the revised Draft Criminal Code (RKUHP) could criminalise protest actions.

Jakarta Globe - July 5, 2022

Stefani Wijaya, Fana Suparman, Jakarta – The anti-money laundering agency and even the counter-terrorism squad Detachment 88 have said they are investigating Muslim charity organization Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) following reports of alleged misappropriations by its executives.

Tabloid JUBI - July 5, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi TV – The Yalimo Police arrested AM, a Nduga-based civil servant, on Wednesday night, June 29, 2022, in Elelim, Yalimo Regency. The police caught AM possessing with him 615 rounds of ammunition of various calibers and one self-assembled firearm suspected to be supplied to the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) under the leadership of Egianus Kogoya.

Jakarta Post Editorial - July 5, 2022

Jakarta – A decision announced last month by Japanese financiers to pull the plug on a coal-fired power plant to be built in West Java turned out, quite surprisingly, to have been initiated on the Indonesian side.

Tempo - July 5, 2022

Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – The Indonesian Palm Oil Association (Apkasindo) chairperson Gulat Manurung on Monday responded to an issue that had gone viral on the internet where Indonesian palm oil farmers sold their palm fresh fruit bunches (FFB) across the border to Malaysia as prices in Indonesia had drastically fallen.

Tabloid JUBI - July 5, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Executive Director of the Alliance for Democracy for Papua (AIDP) Latifah Anum Siregar said the illegal firearms and ammunition trade network in Papua was very strong. Many cases of illegal arms trade have been decided by the courts but the major suppliers and financiers in the illegal trade have not been touched by the legal process.