Andy Gregory – Household brands such as Nestle, Unilever and P&G are buying palm oil from suppliers deemed partly responsible for forest fires currently ravaging Indonesia and blanketing swathes of southeast Asia in noxious haze, according to new research from Greenpeace.
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – North Sumatra Police have arrested an oil palm plantation owner believed to be the mastermind behind the murder of two journalists-cum-activists, Maraden Sianipar and Maratua P. Siregar.
Linda Yulisman, Jakarta – Indonesia's new administration is seeking to roll out a set of measures to boost its exports in a bid to revive economic growth amid pressure from the ongoing trade war between the US and China.
An Indonesian palm oil executive has been arrested for allegedly ordering the killing two activist journalists who were mediating a land dispute between his company and local residents, police said Saturday.
Maraden Sianipar's body was found last week in a ditch near a palm plantation in Labuhan Batu in North Sumatra province.
Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The East Java High Court has commuted musician Ahmad Dhani Prasetyo's prison sentence for violating Indonesia's draconian internet law to a six-month probation in a verdict published earlier this week.
Ibnu Nadzir, Sari Seftiani and Yogi Setya Permana – Hoaxes and misinformation have been widely blamed for Indonesia's violent unrest this year in the wake of its presidential elections. Indonesian politicians made reference to a "fire hose of falsehoods" in explaining the riots that broke out in September.
Jakarta – The government plans to provide subsidies for the third class service of national health insurance (JKN) following widespread criticism the recently announced premium hikes would disproportionately affect low-income participants.
Moale James, Pacific Media Watch – "West Papuans are being denied their basic human rights... Human beings have a right to freedom. Freedom to be treated fairly like a human being. Freedom to be respected. To have your own dignity and pride. This is being taken away from West Papuans."
Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – The Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) said the police cannot follow up on PDIP politician Dewi Tanjung's report. Dewi reported Novel Baswedan to the Jakarta Police, accusing the KPK investigator of fabricating the attack against him.
Diana Mariska, Jakarta – New Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo on Wednesday declared his commitment to continue his predecessor Susi Pudjiastuti's much-praised hardline stance against illegal fishing.
Edhy, a politician from the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), said illegal fishing remains the country's "enemy number one."
Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – Indonesia has witnessed a decline in internet freedom over the past year, largely as a result of on-and-off restricted access to social media and manipulation of content for political gain during the April elections, according to Freedom House's latest report.
Indonesia's new Tourism and Creative Economy Minister looks set on developing the country's halal tourism, explaining this week that top destinations such as Bali will undergo changes to accommodate more Muslim tourists.
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo bestowed the title of national hero posthumously on six prominent figures on Friday in recognition of their contribution to the country during the fight for independence.
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Benny Mawel, Jayapura – Papuan People's Assembly chairman Timotius Murib said on Wednesday that the assembly had rejected the government's plan to create two more provinces in the country's easternmost region.
Jakarta – The plan to divide the province of Papua by establishing a new province in the southern part proves the inability of the central government to understand the roots of the problem there. This policy might satisfy a small number of the elite in Papua, but it will clearly do nothing to address the grievances felt by most of the people of Papua for years.
M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – Attorney General ST Burhanuddin visited the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) building in Kuningan, South Jakarta this morning, November 8. He did not say much to reporters when asked what he was doing there.
Dias Prasongko, Jakarta (Bisnis) – Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo said that he would beef up insulation and quarantine following the alleged outbreak of African swine fever and hog cholera in several regions. According to him, circular letters have been sent to regional heads in regencies an provinces.
News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) has criticised remarks by the new Attorney General ST Burhanuddin when he explained the obstacles to resolving cases of past human rights (HAM) violations to the House of Representatives' (DPR) Commission III on Thursday November 7.
Aditya L. Djono, Jakarta – Indonesia's current account deficit narrowed in the third quarter this year thanks to an improving oil and gas trade balance and less pressure to repatriate dividends and loan payments abroad.
News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta – Amid tension between two ruling coalition members, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the NasDem Party, PDI-P chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri is slated to attend the opening of NasDem's national congress on Friday in Jakarta.
Jakarta – The next section of the MRT Jakarta, which will span 8.3 kilometers from the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle to Kota in West Jakarta, will have seven underground stations at Sarinah, Monas, Harmoni, Sawah Besar and Mangga Besar in Central Jakarta and Glodok and Kota in West Jakarta.
Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Head of the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI), Asfinawati, deemed that the police report filed by PDIP Party member Dewi Tanjung against Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan is baseless and dubious.
Karana Ww, Jakarta – House of Representatives (DPR) Commission IV Deputy Dedi Mulyadi strongly urges the government, in this case, the Environment and Forestry Ministry (KLHK), to guarantee customary forests in Indonesia with legal assurance.
He sees that corporates are able to easily obtain land areas while at the same time evicting the land of native people.
Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – The Indonesian capital should consider canceling its Formula E Championship next year as the city is still running a budget deficit and many of its residents still lack access to basic necessities, politicians from the Indonesian Solidarity Party, or PSI, said.
Sausan Atika, Jakarta – After more than two years hoping for the resolution of his assault case, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan faces another hurdle. He has been accused of faking the acid attack against him.
Jakarta – Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita has announced that projects funded by the state budget will be obliged to purchase and use only locally made hoes in an attempt to boost the local industry.
"The quality of locally produced [hoes] is good, and they are ready to use," Agus said on Thursday.
Papua New Guinea Opposition leader Belden Namah has called on Prime Minister James Marape to take Indonesian atrocities in Papua and repeated border violations to the United Nations and make them international incidents requiring international conflict resolution mechanisms.
Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Online streaming services such as US-based Netflix and Malaysia-based Iflix are contributing to the country's sluggish economic growth as investment in intellectual property comes under pressure, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) has warned.
News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Sausan Atika, Jakarta – Former agriculture minister has filed a civil lawsuit with the South Jakarta District Court against Tempo weekly magazine over an investigative report it published in September on the ministry's efforts in making the country self-sufficient in sugar.
Jakarta (Antara) – Supreme Court (MA) panel of judges on October 30, 2019, rejected the appeal of palm oil firm PT Waringin Agro Jaya (PT WAJ) and ordered the company to pay for compensation regarding the restoration process amounting to Rp466,468,991.700.
Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – Schools are supposed to be the safest places for children after their own homes, but this was not the case for 8-year-old Irza Almira, who died on Tuesday morning after a school roof collapsed in Pasuruan, East Java.
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Jakarta – The latest assessment conducted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Food Research Institute (IFPRI) with support from the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) has found that 22 million people in the country suffered from chronic hunger between 2016 and 2018.
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Indonesia's foreign exchange (forex) reserves rose to US$126.7 billion in October, the highest level in 20 months, driven by the government's global bonds issuance and forex records from the oil and gas sector, Bank Indonesia (BI) announced on Thursday.