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February 14, 2019

Indonesia ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Jakarta Post - February 14, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – Heri Budiawan had just returned to Sumberagung village in Banyuwangi, East Java around August 2010 after working in…

Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - February 14, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian government is requiring coal miners to increase their allocation of coal for the domestic market this year to 128…

Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Tempo - February 14, 2019

Bram Setiawan, Jakarta – The Tourism Ministry provides technical guidance and workshops to representatives from 10 provinces in…

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - February 14, 2019

Marguerite Afra Sapiie and Nurul Fitri Ramadhani, Jakarta – The second election debate is a few days away and the teams of both incumbent Joko "…

Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - February 14, 2019

Jakarta – Investment Coordination Board (BKPM) head Thomas Lembang said on Wednesday that the government was considering allowing foreign…

Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Tribune News - February 14, 2019

Jakarta – The House of Representatives (DPR) has denied rumors that they are deliberating a law to legalise Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and…

West Papua ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
Radio New Zealand International - February 14, 2019

Indonesian state media is reporting that hundreds of students have fled violence in Papua's central Highlands.

Since December,…

Indonesia ›› Pornography & Sexual Morality
Coconuts Jakarta - February 14, 2019

Another year, another Valentine's Day ban story in Indonesia.

Continuing their annual tradition, which has been going on for several years…

Indonesia ›› Civil Service & Bureaucracy
Jakarta Post - February 14, 2019

Jakarta – Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo says his ministry never issued a policy restricting any government offices from holding conferences and…

Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Jakarta Post - February 14, 2019

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – The Agrarian and Spatial Planning Ministry has announced it will register 10 million new plots of land this year, one…

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - February 14, 2019

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – The naming of opposition camp supporter and 212 Alumni Brotherhood (PA 212) chairman Slamet Ma'arif as a…

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
New York Times - February 14, 2019

Eka Kurniawan, Jakarta – When Joko Widodo, the incumbent president of Indonesia, last year chose Ma'ruf Amin as his running mate for the general…

Indonesia ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Jakarta Post - February 14, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – Environmental activist Heri Budiawan, popularly known as Budi Pego, is continuing his fight to prove his innocence as…

Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - February 14, 2019

Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – As the nation prepares for the upcoming elections, issues relating to energy nationalism will spark debate…

Indonesia ›› Pornography & Sexual Morality
Jakarta Post - February 14, 2019

Jakarta – A florist in Bogor Regency, West Java, spoke out about the effect of the city administration's call for its residents not to celebrate…

Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Jakarta Post - February 14, 2019

Devina Heriyanto, Jakarta – It was a hot bright day in August 2018 and the clock had struck one. I had finished my lunch and was walking back to…

February 13, 2019

Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - February 13, 2019

Sausan Atika, Jakarta – Ellya, a resident of Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, pays Rp 300,000 (US$21.38) a month for a water service of less than…

Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Jakarta Post - February 13, 2019

Jakarta – Social media platform Instagram has taken down an Instagram account featuring comic strips about the life of a Muslim gay man that has…

Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - February 13, 2019

Vincent Lingga, Jakarta – Even under the most optimistic projections, Indonesia's economic growth in the next five years is unlikely to exceed 6…

Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
New York Times - February 13, 2019

Mike Ives and Muktita Suhartono, Hong Kong – An Instagram account featuring a comic strip with gay Muslim characters disappeared on Wednesday,…

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Coconuts Jakarta - February 13, 2019

VP candidate Sandiaga Uno has made traveling around the country and meeting with the downtrodden – particularly those who say they feel…

Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - February 13, 2019

Jakarta – E-commerce is like a double-edged sword for the Indonesian economy. On the one hand, it has contributed significantly to the country's…

Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Jakarta Post - February 13, 2019

Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – In the lead up to the legislative and presidential elections in April, the country's second-largest Islamic…

Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
South China Morning Post - February 13, 2019

Indonesia's largest airport operator is looking to spend billions of dollars to build a new facility in Jakarta and upgrade the existing one to…

Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - February 13, 2019

Jakarta – Jakarta Police are cracking down on electric bike-sharing app Migo, with a ban on the distinctive yellow electric bikes that have begun…

West Papua ›› Freeport & MIFEE Food Estate
CNN Indonesia - February 13, 2019

Jakarta – Thirty-five sacked PT Freeport Indonesia workers, who have been camping out in front of the State Palace for a week, have been forcibly…

Indonesia ›› Pornography & Sexual Morality
Coconuts Jakarta - February 13, 2019

Some of Indonesia's most outspoken conservatives have long complained about cultural appropriation, particularly in regards to the adoption of…

Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - February 13, 2019

Jakarta – While praised for its progressive efforts in preserving forests and stopping forest fires, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's…

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - February 13, 2019

Jakarta – West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has been reported to the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) for allegedly campaigning for incumbent…

Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Straits Times - February 13, 2019

Jakarta (DPA) – Instagram has taken down an account that featured comic strips about a Muslim gay man's daily struggles after Indonesia demanded…

West Papua ›› Political Parties & Elections
CNN Indonesia - February 13, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) and the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) say that the West Papuan people will not…

West Papua ›› Film & Television
Radio New Zealand International - February 13, 2019

A short documentary which highlights the risks of being a journalist in Indonesian-ruled Papua region, or West Papua, has won an…

Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Jakarta Post - February 13, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – Social media platform Instagram has denied a government claim that it had taken down an Instagram account…

Indonesia ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
CNN Indonesia - February 13, 2019

Jakarta – House of Representatives (DPR) Commission III member Arsul Sani says that the government's planned revisions to the 2009 Narcotics Law…

Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Coconuts Jakarta - February 13, 2019

Indonesia was hammered by some 2,374 natural disasters last year, the biggest and most deadly being the 7.5-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that…

February 12, 2019

Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Coconuts Jakarta - February 12, 2019

Most Indonesian cities are notoriously unfriendly towards pedestrians, none more so than the capital of Jakarta. Seeing sidewalks overridden with…

Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Gay Star News - February 12, 2019

Rik Glauert – The Information and Communications Minister in Indonesia has threatened to block Instagram in the country.

It wants the…

East Timor ›› Social Security & Welfare
Dili Weekly - February 12, 2019

Estevao Nuno – The Director of the organization BELUN, Luis da Costa Ximenes, urges the Secretariat of State for the Combatants of the National…

Indonesia ›› Population & Migration
Tempo - February 12, 2019

Ade Ridwan Yandwiputra, Jakarta – Head of Bogor National and Political Unity Office (Kesbangpol) Wawan Darmawan revealed that Puncak remains as…

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - February 12, 2019

Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – In less than a week, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Prabowo Subianto will once again face each other in…

Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Jakarta Post - February 12, 2019

Agnes Anya, Jakarta – Two universities in Canberra said in a joint statement on Monday that they were "shocked and appalled" at the alleged…

Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - February 12, 2019

Ruslan Sangadji, Palu – The Central Sulawesi provincial administration plans to build memorial parks in areas affected by earthquake-triggered…

Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Al Jazeera - February 12, 2019

Aisyah Llewellyn, Medan, North Sumatra – Musicians in Indonesia have slammed a new draft law seeking to criminalise content deemed pornographic…

Indonesia ›› Food & Beverage Industry
Jakarta Post - February 12, 2019

Jakarta – The Bali administration is set to legalize traditional Balinese arak (liquor made from tuak, a sweet drink from coconut palm flower)…

East Timor ›› Health & Education
Dili Weekly - February 12, 2019

Paulina Quintao – The Chief of the Surgery Department at the National Hospital of Guido Valadares (HNGV), in Dili, Surgeon Alito Soares said many…

Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Globe - February 12, 2019

Dion Bisara, Jakarta – A planned increase in the rates of online-based motorcycle taxis may reduce demand for ride-hailing services by more than…

Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Tempo - February 12, 2019

Muh. Syaifullah, Jakarta – The chairperson of Indonesia Solidarity Party (PSI) Grace Natalie suggested revocation of the joint ministerial decree…

Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Tempo - February 12, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – In an attempt to reject the much-debated Draft Music Bill (RUU Permusikan), Musician Kaka Slank plans to meet legislative…

Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - February 12, 2019

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – As public attention has focused on the increasingly heated presidential election campaign, it is easy to forget…

Indonesia ›› Poverty & Social Inequity
Jakarta Post - February 12, 2019

Jakarta – The International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (INFID) has called on the government to continue tackling the gap between the…