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Transport minister urges development of Cilamaya port Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan said that Cilamaya seaport in Karawang, West Java, should be developed to accelerate the shipment of cargo from industrial areas in the district.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 26 November 2014 23:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police detain JIS teachers over sexual assault case The Jakarta Police has arrested two teachers identified by the initials NB and FT of the Jakarta International School (JIS) in connection with a sexual assault case involving a kindergarten pupil.

Posted in Crime @ 15 July 2014 12:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


5.7 magnitude earthquake shakes Ambon An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale shook Ambon city in the eastern Indonesian province of Maluku on Friday evening, prompting local residents to rush outdoors.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 May 2014 19:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Citilink denies planning to acquire Tiger Air Mandala Low-cost airlines Citilink Indonesia had denied speculations that it will acquire Tiger Air Mandala, saying that an acquisition is a complex process. The statement of the Citilink CEO also clarified several news reports about the preparedness of the airline company to acquire Tiger Air Mandala.

Posted in Travel @ 30 April 2014 16:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi defends his presidential candidacy -Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has defended his position as the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggles (PDIP) presidential candidate saying that it will not affect his performance as the Jakarta governor.

Posted in Politics @ 11 April 2014 16:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK seizes six trucks from Wawan The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has confiscated six trucks from money-laundering and corruption suspect Tubagus Chaeri Wardana alias Wawan, the antigraft bodys spokesman, Johan Budi, said.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 March 2014 18:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Australian journalists deported from Bali Two Australian journalists, who broke immigration permission laws, were deported by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights Regional Office of Bali Province. "They availed the visa on arrival facility but got caught while doing some news reporting in Bali," Chief of Ministry of Law and Human Rights Regional Office of Bali Province I Gusti Kompiang Adnyana stated here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 07 March 2014 14:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Corby parole according to the law' The parole granted to Schapelle Leigh Corby, the Australian citizen who was convicted for drug smuggling, was in conformity with all administrative requirements, according to the Justice and Human Rights Minister.

Posted in Drugs @ 07 February 2014 22:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry accredits 2,300 journalists for APEC Summit 2013 RI`s Ministry of Communication and Informatics has accredited 2,300 journalists around the world to cover APEC Summit 2013 in Bali, from October 1 to 8.

Posted in General @ 06 September 2013 20:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia becomes model of world terrorist handling Indonesia now becomes a model of world terrorist handling, the National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT) Chief Ansyaad Mbai said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 March 2013 15:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua Police investigate attack on journalist Papua Police are investigating an attack on a journalist in Sorong, West Papua. "My officers in Sorong, West Papua, have received the report about the incident and are now investigating it," the Papua regional police command spokesman, Adjunct Senior Commissioner I Gede Sumerta, said here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 28 December 2012 17:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


ANTARA news agency marks 75th anniversary Indonesia`s national news agency ANTARA marked its 75th anniversary here on Thursday in a ceremony attended among others by its former chiefs. Its current president director, Saiful Hadi, in his speech said that ANTARA would always put forward public interests in its operations.

Posted in General @ 13 December 2012 15:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jet fighter pilot survives deadly crash The pilot of a Hawk 200 jet fighter which crashed near a housing area in Pekanbaru at 9.47 am local time has luckily survived. According to an eyewitness, the ill-fated jet fighter was performing an aerobatic manoeuvre, along with two other similar aircraft, above the housing area.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 October 2012 16:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Military war plane crashes in Riau A military war plane, believed to be a Hawk type, belonging to the Air Force, crashed on Jalan Amal, Pasar Putih, Kampar District, Riau Province at 9.30 am local time on Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 October 2012 12:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Indonesia to have navy museum' The Education and Culture Ministry`s Director of Museum And Cultural Heritage Preservation, Surya Helmy, has stated that Indonesia will soon have a Navy museum, which will be set up inside a warship.

Posted in History @ 10 October 2012 21:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic leaders support journalists` sharia caucus Aceh Islamic clerics and regional administration support the establishment of a caucus aimed to fully implement the Sharia Law in the province. The Caucus of the Sharia defenders has been established by a group of local journalists.

Posted in Religion @ 24 September 2012 13:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


German Chancellor visits Istiqlal Mosque German Chancellor Angela Dorothea Merkel visited Istiqlal grand Mosque here on Tuesday as part of her two-day state visit to Indonesia. During the visit to Southeast Asia`s largest mosque, Merkel was accompanied by the mosque`s imam H Ahmad Husni Ismail, M.Ag, and the chief of mosque`s executive management board H Mubarak Msi.

Posted in Politics @ 10 July 2012 13:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rescue team evacuates 12 bodies from crash site The rescue team is evacuating 12 bodies of the crashed Sukhoi Superjet 100 victims from the crash site to a temporary helipad in a nearby evacuation post.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 May 2012 15:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Russian team coming to investigate Sukhoi crash A team from Russia is expected to arrive here on Thursday evening to investigate the crash of Sukhoi Superjet 100 near Mount Salak in Bogor, West Java.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 May 2012 14:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bogor village residents see Sukhoi plane before missing A number of Tapos I village, Tenjolaya sub district, Bogor district admitted that they saw the reported missing Sukhoi Superjet 100 flew over their village at around 15:00 pm on Wednesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 May 2012 01:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Spokesman: 'Missing Sukhoi Superjet 100 still being traced' Search for commercial aircraft Sukhoi Superjet 100 that was lost from radar monitoring on Wednesday is still ongoing, Indonesian Air Force head of public information sub-division Col. Agung Sasongko said.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 May 2012 16:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans to revise law on mass organizations The government planned to revise Law No 8 of 1985 on mass organizations (Ormas) to make them in line with the latest developments following the reform era. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono disclosed the plan in a meeting with journalists at the State Palace in Jakarta Monday night.

Posted in Politics @ 15 February 2012 12:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: Imbalanced news make public skeptic President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Thursday that imbalanced news will make the public unconvinced or skeptical about the government or state agencies. "Whatever news journalists write, be it bad or good, will lead to public distrust," he said at a meeting marking National Press Day here.

Posted in General @ 10 February 2012 06:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Another PLN tower in Aceh cut by unknown people Unknown people have cut a PLN (state electricity company) tower interconnecting the Aceh and North Sumatra power grids at Jambo Aye, North Aceh district, Aceh province, a PLN official said.

Posted in Crime @ 28 January 2012 02:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 11 reactions


Spokesperson: '25 volcanoes showing abnormal activity' Twenty-five volcanoes in Indonesia are now showing abnormal activity or have been put in alert or watch status, presidential special aide Andi Arief said here on Saturday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 January 2012 09:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Freeport continues to improve shortcomings The management of the US-based copper and gold mining firm PT Freeport Indonesia in Mimika, Papua, has continued to improve its shortcomings it has felt so far, a Freeport executive said.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 13 December 2011 08:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


High security around 19th ASEAN summit Bali police will ensure the 19th ASEAN Summit security would be in accordance with universal protocol security standards, Bali police spokesman Brig Gen I Ketut Untung Yoga Ana said here on Monday.

Posted in General @ 14 November 2011 09:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Playboy Indonesia editor released from jail after nine months The former editor of the short-lived Indonesian edition of Playboy magazine was released on Friday after the Supreme Court overturned his two-year jail sentence for public indecency.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 24 June 2011 23:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US man facing deportation threatens to kill himself, daughters An American man facing deportation threatened to kill himself and his four children if he is forced to leave Indonesia without them, the Jakarta Globe reported Wednesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 09 March 2011 15:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia set for Malaysia in second leg of AFF Cup final Three days after their 3-0 defeat against Malaysia, the Indonesian national football squad is set for the second leg of the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup final match to decide the cup winner.

Posted in General @ 29 December 2010 09:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalimantan awaits Jakarta’s signal on nuclear power plant Kalimantan local administrations are waiting for the central government to approve a plan to build a nuclear power plant in the region, a local official said. He said the local administrations had conducted the necessary feasibility studies to back their ambitious plan.

Posted in Power supply @ 15 December 2010 08:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three journalists guilty of illegaly buying Krakatau Steel IPO shares Three of the four journalists were found guilty in using their positions to obtain shares in the initial public offering (IPO) of Indonesia's state-owned steel company PT Krakatau Steel, local media reported.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 December 2010 18:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


The breathtaking view and sound of a pyroclastic cloud Two days ago, also soon after our breakfast, we got on our motorcycle to make the trip towards Klaten. Since all roads directly north of Yogyakarta were sealed off, and Cangkringan was one of the worst-hit areas, I wanted to go east as far as possible before driving back to the Mount Merapi volcano again. There were relatively little problems in that area, which was also easy to reach.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 November 2010 05:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


CPJ: Playboy editor's case is a test for Indonesia Erwin Arnada, editor of the now-defunct Indonesian edition of Playboy, was released for several hours on Wednesday in order to stand trial at Indonesia's Supreme Court on charges of public indecency. The former chief editor was arrested earlier this month after an arrest warrant was issued for him, allegedly because he failed to show up in court.

Posted in General @ 28 October 2010 02:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rights group: 'video shows Indonesian military torturing Papuans' Recent video footage from Indonesia's West Papua allegedly show the torture of indigenous Papuans by the Indonesian military, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) said on Monday.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 October 2010 01:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy Suharto sues Garuda over 'convicted murderer' Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, the son of deceased dictator Suharto, is suing state-owned airline Garuda Indonesia and the publishers of its in-flight magazine for referring to him as a “convicted murderer” in an article about one of his resorts. The civil hearing kicked off in the South Jakarta District Court on Tuesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 09 September 2010 08:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Court upholds ban on 'Balibo' Calling the film "violent" and "sensitive", the Jakarta State Administrative Court upheld a ban on the Australian feature film Balibo. A panel of judges ruled that the Film Censorship Board (LSF) had fulfilled the administrative procedures required to ban the controversial film. The court agreed with the LSF’s argument that the film "can open old wounds".

Posted in Politics @ 07 August 2010 03:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Porn broadcast inside Indonesian parliament An investigation is under way in Indonesia after pornographic images were broadcast on an internal TV channel in the country's parliament. The X-rated footage was visible to staff and journalists for 15 minutes before security staff were able to turn off the stream, local media report.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 03 August 2010 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House speaker wants probe into Rp 25b bribe rumor House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Pramono Anung said he had ordered the House's Ethical Board (BK) to investigate a rumor that some legislators demanded Rp 25 billion in bribes from Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali.

Posted in Corruption @ 24 July 2010 08:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamists ban non-Islamic TV in Aceh More and more Taliban-like regulations are repressing millions of non-Islamic and Islamic residents in Aceh, North Sumatra. Now the leaders there are working on a qanun (regional Islamic bylaw) that prohibits television stations from broadcasting programs that are not of any use to Islam.

Posted in Religion @ 05 May 2010 03:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Weapons and ammunition found in Aceh The police has found four weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition during an anti-terrorism action in Lhokseumawe, Aceh. The action was headed by the local head of police in Lhokseumawe, Zulkifli. Yesterday in the afternoon the police departed in convoy to the place of the raid. Journalists were kept at some distance for safety reasons.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 March 2010 08:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ongoing problems for victims of Sidoarjo mud flow Nearly 50,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Indonesia still lack basic services and are awaiting full compensation after a mudflow destroyed homes and farmland almost four years ago.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 February 2010 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam hopes to lure 500,000 Malaysian tourists in 2010 Batam island expects to attract at least 500,000 tourists from Malaysia during Visit Batam Year 2010. The director of the tourism and culture department, Guntur Sakti, said the target was achievable because in recent years Malaysian tourists were the third highest to visit Batam, about 45 minutes by ferry from Johor Baharu.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 December 2009 00:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aid trickles in as Yudhoyono visits quake-hit area As the death toll of last Wednesdays large earthquake has reached 57 and disaster tourists are flocking to he heavily damaged areas like Tasikmalaya, the government has also started bringing aid to those in need in the worst-affected areas. Priyadi Kardono, spokesman of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), has said that among the dead were 21 people from Cianjur. They were buried in a landslide triggered by the earthquake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 September 2009 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The hunt for Noordin Mohammad Top Indonesian police is stepping up the hunt for wanted terrorist Noordin Mohammad Top (picture below) after the bombings of the J.W. Marriot and Ritz Carlon hotels in Jakarta last Friday. Recent information shows that Noordin is most likely involved in the bombings of the hotels via the terrorist network of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI). JI is known to have ties with the terror network of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaeda.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 July 2009 06:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HRW: 'Papuans tortured by Indonesian army' Indonesia's controversial special forces, which are trained by Australia, have been accused of new human rights abuses in the troubled province of Papua. In a report by US-based Human Rights Watch, off-duty members of the elite Kopassus branch of the Indonesian army are said to have tortured and abused Papuans.

Posted in Violence @ 26 June 2009 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bus with vice-president breaks down on Jakarta toll road A Blue Star bus with on board vice-president Jusuf Kalla broke down on the Cakung-Cilincing toll road. Directly after the breakdown, Kalla was brought to another vehicle to continue his journey. The bus also transported the minister of Public Works, Joko Kirmanto, the minister of Public Housing, Yusuf Asy'ari and a number of people of the presidential guard and other people from the two departments.

Posted in General @ 18 May 2009 08:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda pilot sentenced to two years in jail over accident An Indonesian court on Monday sentenced a pilot from the country's national airline Garuda to two years in jail for crashing a passenger jet in 2007 in the central Javan city of Yogyakarta, killing 21 people. The court found M. Marwoto Komar guilty of criminal negligence.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 07 April 2009 04:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch journalists arrested in Indonesia Four Dutch journalists have been arrested in the Indonesian province of Papua, Dutch news wire ANP reported Tuesday. The four were arrested in the city of Jayapura while reporting on a rally calling for Papua's independence. Dutch international radio Wereldomroep confirmed that the incident involved three of its freelancers and a correspondent for the leading Dutch daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad.

Posted in General @ 25 March 2009 01:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono orders Bakrie Group to pay mud flow damages President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has forced the Bakrie Group to fulfill the complete payment for damages to people who have become victims to the mud flow in eastern Java. The payment should be completed as early as Monday. This news was announced to journalists by the Minister of Public Works, Djoko Kirmanto. Djoko told that he had a private meeting with the president earlier yesterday in which Yudhoyono asked him to summon Nirwan Bakri. "Let's get Nirwan here, be sure it's today," Djoko repeated Yudhoyono.

Posted in General @ 28 November 2008 04:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Corby gets out of prison to go to beauty salon Convicted Australian drugs trafficker Schapelle Corby, who is currently serving 20 years in prison for the attempted smuggling marijuana from Bali to Australia, spent several hours in a beauty salon to have her hair and nails done. The 30-year-old was convicted of smuggling 4.1 kilograms of marijuana in 2005. Together with two security guards she was brought to a beauty salon in the Balinese capital of Denpasar. The salon is near a hospital where she has been treated for depression, according to witnesses.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 03 July 2008 05:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chief of Indonesian central bank arrested on graft charges The anti-corruption commission in Indonesia has finally arrested the country's central bank governor on graft charges, a spokesman for the body said Thursday. The watchdog, which has been investigating Burhanuddin Abdullah since last February over the alleged misappropriation of 100 billion Rupiah in bank funds, said he was taken in for questioning early Thursday and later arrested.

Posted in General @ 11 April 2008 07:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia ranks 100th in world press freedom Press freedom in Indonesia according to non governmental organizations, monitoring international media in 167 countries in the world, as surveyed by Reporters Without Borders (RWB) is low for Indonesia. In the press freedom index of 2007 released in Tokyo on Sunday, Indonesia ranked second in South Asia after Cambodia but in the entire world Indonesia only made it to the 100th place.

Posted in General @ 18 February 2008 05:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight journalists trapped on slope of Mount Kelut Rain that poured down on the slopes around Mount Kelut volcano caused eight local and national journalists to be trapped on one of the slopes until Friday afternoon. They were urged to come down as soon as a series of tremors started, fearing that an eruption would start. They were not able to evacuate themselves from the slopes because it was raining and they didn't have transportation.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 October 2007 23:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pressure to cancel the 'Honoris Causa Award' for Jakarta governor Open Letter to the Rector and Students Senate of the Diponegoro University in Semarang

Posted in Human rights @ 06 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rights group: 'Police killing, raping civilians in Papua' Security forces killed and beat unarmed civilians, raped women during operations against separatists in the province of Papua according to Human Rights Watch. Police chief General Sutanto denied any abuses were taking place in the remote region where mistrust between indigenous people and security forces runs high after years of military crackdowns.

Posted in Crime @ 05 July 2007 17:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


[update] 21 dead after Garuda plane crashes at Yogyakarta airport At least 21 people are dead and many others injured after a plane of airliner Garuda crashed upon landing and burst into flames at the airport of Yogyakarta, central Java. "I saw many bodies, dozens of bodies badly burnt near the exit," told captain Yos Bintoro, an airport official to ElShinta radio after the accident. "I saw people dead in the cockpit. I cannot say if that's the pilot or co-pilot," he said.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 07 March 2007 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Yusril snaps back over corruption query During an interview with The Jakarta Post last Tuesday, State Secretary Yusril Ihza Mahendra was asked whether he gained financial advantages through a case currently being investigated. His reply - an emotional outburst - came totally unexpected. "You have gone beyond the KPK. The KPK interrogated me only as part of procedure. I think a journalist cannot act as an investigator. You are going beyond your authority as a journalist. If you were a public official, you could be sued in court for violating... going beyond your authority. Journalists are employed to raise questions and not to act as investigators," he told The Post.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 March 2007 04:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


HIV population among fastest-growing in Asia The HIV population in Indonesia is among the fastest growing in Asia, officials said yesterday at the presentation of a World Health Organisation (WHO) review concerning the epidemic. Director general of the contagious diseases department of the Health Ministry, I Nyoman Kandun said HIV was spreading quickly among so-called high-risk groups and in parts of the country where health care is of low quality.

Posted in Health @ 18 February 2007 09:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Ex-rebel faces new fight as governor of Aceh A former rebel inaugurated as governor of the Indonesian province of Aceh has said he now faced a new and lengthy fight for his people's welfare. Irwandi Yusuf, a former spokesman for the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), won the first direct elections for the post on 38 percent of the December 11 vote, with his nearest rivals on less than 17 percent. "We are grateful and thank all the people in Aceh for trusting us with this job. We realise that we are given a big task," Yusuf told his supporters Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 08 February 2007 15:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian military ordered Australian journalist deaths According to official omitted government reports, 5 young Australian journalists were executed on the orders of Indonesian military chiefs. George Brownbill, a top lawyer contests the official story that all 5 journalists were caught in a crossfire in Balibo while covering the 1975 invasion of East Timor by Indonesian forces.

Posted in General @ 09 December 2006 03:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia willing to send troops to Iraq under UN ndonesia is willing to send troops to serve under the UN flag in Iraq if the international community agrees to such a deployment, Defence Minister Yuwono Sudarsono said on Wednesday. Sudarsono told journalists that sending troops was part of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's proposed solution to the conflict in Iraq, which he had conveyed to visiting US President George W Bush on Monday.

Posted in Military @ 23 November 2006 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The hidden tragedy of West Papua "Of course the police are just as good at torturing as the army. Some of the cruder forms [include] putting a table leg onto the foot of somebody and then somebody heavily dancing on the table, which can be extremely painful. So, I mean torture is routine."

Posted in PT Freeport @ 23 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Yudhoyono faltering on Human Rights' After two years at the helm, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has drawn praise for ending the 30-year war in Aceh. Yet, human rights activists do not share the same enthusiasm when it comes to reforming the powerful military and solving human rights cases.

Posted in Human rights @ 23 October 2006 04:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian TV crew due to leave after being detained An Australian television crew detained in Indonesia's strife-torn Papua province while trying to film a story was due to leave the country Thursday, a police official said. The five-person crew from Australia's Channel Seven, including presenter Naomi Robson, were stopped Tuesday upon arriving with television gear at the airport in the provincial capital, Jayapura, because they only had tourist visas.

Posted in General @ 14 September 2006 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President says western media is anti-Moslem The Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has accused the western media of bias against Islam, saying it appeared to value Muslim lives less than those of non-Muslims. Indonesia has the world's largest Muslim population, with approximately 88 percent following Islam.

Posted in Politics @ 03 September 2006 10:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 34 reactions


Pangandaran beach resort closed to visitors Pangandaran beach resort in Ciamis regency of West Java province, which was recently devastated by a tsunami following a strong quake in the Indian Ocean, has been temporarily closed to the public as of July 20. The looting of hotels, cafes and houses in the tsunami-stricken tourist resort has prompted the Ciamis authorities to close the area temporarily, Ciamis police chief Adj. Sr. Comr Samsudin Janiep confirmed on Friday.

Posted in General @ 21 July 2006 14:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia releases militant islamic cleric A militant cleric alleged to be a top leader in an al-Qaida-linked terror group was released from prison Wednesday to cries of "God is great" from supporters. Abu Bakar Bashir, 68, had served 26 months for conspiracy in the 2002 Bali bombings, which killed 202 people and thrust Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, onto the front lines of the war on terror.

Posted in General @ 14 June 2006 08:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Visitors keep their distance from Merapi Tourist sites in Mt. Merapi's vicinity have suffered a 100 percent drop in visitor numbers since an alert status was declared for the restless volcano two weeks ago. Once crowded tourist sites near the volcano were deserted Sunday, the time of the week when they are usually thronged by visitors wanting to enjoy a clear sight of the towering mountain. Only locals and journalists mingled this past weekend.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 25 April 2006 10:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Barnabas Suebu named Papua governor Barnabas Suebu was officially named the winner of Papua's direct gubernatorial election following a 10-hour plenary session of the provincial General Elections Commission (KPUD) on Monday. In the March 10 election, former governor Barnabas and his running mate, Golkar Party legislator Alexander Hessegem, garnered 354,763 of the over 1.1 million valid votes. Over 17,000 votes were declared invalid and thrown out.

Posted in Politics @ 04 April 2006 11:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rice praises 'success story' Indonesia US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice praised Indonesia's record on religious tolerance and democracy as hundreds of Islamic protesters yelling "Condeleeza go to hell!" denounced America's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rice, on her first visit to the world's most populous Muslim nation, lunched with her counterpart Hassan Wirayuda, and afterwards praised Indonesia as "an inspiration to the entire world" for its religious tolerance and democratic progress.

Posted in Politics @ 15 March 2006 08:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sutiyoso set on busway launch, ignores backseat drivers Despite the technical problems during the trial run last year, Governor Sutiyoso insists the new busway corridors will start limited operations on Jan. 15. But the buses driving the new routes may still be powered by diesel, rather than cleaner compressed natural gas (CNG). And the full quotient of buses won't come into service until April. "I don't see any significant obstacles (to the launch of the new busway project). We will go ahead with the plan to have our maiden ride on Jan. 15," Sutiyoso said at City Hall on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 04 January 2006 10:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


CPJ condemns government ban of critical radio station The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the local Southeast Maluku government's order to shut down Radio Gelora Tavlul, a popular station in eastern Indonesia known for its criticism of the local government. Authorities accompanied by police entered the radio station in the remote city of Tual, capital of the Southeast Maluku regency, about 1,600 miles (2,575 kilometers) east of Jakarta, on Thursday and ordered it to stop broadcasting because its business license had expired.

Posted in General @ 20 December 2005 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Britain covered up murders of 5 journalists in 1975 invasion of East Timor The British government tacitly backed Indonesia's 1975 occupation of East Timor and sought to cover up the subsequent murder of two British journalists by the invaders, according to newly declassified documents and media reports. "Certainly ... it is in Britain's interest that Indonesia should absorb (East Timor) as soon and as unobtrusively as possible; and that if it comes to the crunch and there is a row in the United Nations we should keep our heads down and avoid siding against the Indonesian Government," said a dispatch from British Ambassador John A. Ford in Jakarta on the eve of Indonesia's invasion of East Timor on Dec. 5, 1975.

Posted in General @ 01 December 2005 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freedom of speech showing strain in the new Indonesia When 76-year-old Professor Winarno Surachmad shuffled before 30,000 of his former teaching colleagues to pour out his poem about the woes of the education system, he drew the wrath of Indonesia's Vice-President, Jusuf Kalla. Mr Kalla scowled at lines, among them: "When rhinos and komodo are protected, teachers are just neglected."

Posted in Human rights @ 29 November 2005 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police chief: More bombmakers are still on the loose National Police chief Gen. Sutanto warned Monday that master bombmaker Azahari Husin, who was killed in a raid last week, had trained several followers in bombmaking and they are still on the loose. "There are several individuals who have not yet been caught and they have already learned to make bombs, although not at a level as sophisticated as Azahari's," Sutanto told journalists.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 November 2005 10:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Azahari, hard work and stupidity If there was ever an occasion when the words "terrorism" and "good news" can ever be used in the same sentence, then Wednesday's police raid that led to the death of bombmaker Dr. Azahari was certainly one of them. It had been a long time coming. The work of the notorious Demolition Man is believed to have been behind four of the worst terrorist attacks in Indonesia -- the Bali bombings of 2002, the JW Marriott Hotel bombing in 2003, the Kuningan bombing in Jakarta in 2004, and last month's bombings in Kuta and Jimbaran.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Watchdog: Press freedom in Indonesia improving Indonesia has made further progress in terms of press freedom over the past 12 months, according to Reporters Without Borders' 2005 Worldwide Press Freedom Index. According to the index, made public late last week, Indonesia is ranked 102nd, out of 167 countries surveyed. The country was ranked 117th last year.

Posted in Media @ 24 October 2005 10:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


U.S. image builder blunders during debate Karen Hughes, who has faced a rocky road since being named Washington’s public relations chief, answered tough questions Friday about the invasion of Iraq, and wrongly stated that Saddam Hussein gassed to death ‘‘hundreds of thousands’’ of his people.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 22 October 2005 16:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Corby's last hearing brings in two Aussies After hearing testimony on Wednesday from two Brisbane-based employees of Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd., the Denpasar District Court closed the second trial for an Australian woman convicted of smuggling drugs into Bali.

Posted in Drugs @ 04 August 2005 14:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia jails three for Jakarta hotel bombing Indonesia sentenced three men to jail on Tuesday for involvement in the 2003 bombing of a luxury Jakarta hotel, wrapping up the prosecution of suspects detained following the blast that killed 12 people. However, the two Malaysian men accused of masterminding the blast outside the JW Marriott Hotel -- Noordin M. Top and Azahari bin Husin -- remain fugitives, despite a nationwide manhunt.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 May 2005 20:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US to build $245 m highway in Aceh US deputy secretary of state Robert Zoellick signed an agreement on Sunday to build a $245 million road along Aceh’s western coast, one of the first of many huge projects to rebuild the Indonesian province after the devastating December 26 tsunami. The 240-km (150-mile) highway will connect Aceh’s provincial capital, Banda Aceh, with the city of Meulaboh, which was almost wiped out by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and the biggest tsunami ever recorded.

Posted in Earthquake @ 09 May 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Media freedom under attack as newsmen jailed Media freedom in Indonesia is on the brink of ruin, with two senior journalists in Lampung being sentenced to nine months in jail for defamation. The verdicts on Wednesday are hurtful to democracy, moreover coming on the heels of government efforts to produce a new Criminal Code that will be detrimental to freedom of expression, a legal expert commented.

Posted in Media @ 06 May 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Reporting Aceh emotional for Najwa Visions of battered Aceh and North Sumatra provinces struck television reporter Najwa Shihab last month with something she thought she had already knew: What journalism is all about. With her distinctive radiance Najwa may appear to be just like any other TV reporter-cum-anchor, with more unkind critics even suggesting that she is a bit overrated.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 21 January 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN officials say no terror alert in tsunami-hit Aceh The United Nations said Monday it had no information of a new security threat to aid workers in Indonesia's tsunami-hit Aceh province, despite an earlier warning from Denmark. "We haven't got anything on that," UN mission spokesman Bill Bergman told AFP. "We get various rumours at times, unsubstantiated rumours, but nothing that has developed into an issue that an alert has been issued."

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami death toll in Indonesia approaching 100,000 Catastrophic is the only word that comes close to describing the impact of Sunday’s earthquake and tsunami on the impoverished Indonesian regions in northern Sumatra. As of yesterday, the official death toll had risen to more than 50,000. But government officials are warning that the figure will rise to at least 100,000 as relief teams reach more remote areas, particularly on the west coast.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 December 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia struggles to aid stricken coast Military pilots struggled to drop food into cliff-rimmed villages Thursday along the ravaged coast of Sumatra, where towns strewn with bloating corpses remained isolated for a fifth day after a huge earthquake and tsunami devastated the region. UNICEF estimated 60 percent of this provincial capital was destroyed, along with severe damage across the northwest coast, a stretch of about 250 kilometers (155 miles).

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia struggles to reach quake victims Military ships rushed to get desperately needed aid to the ravished coast of Sumatra island on Thursday, as villages strewn with bloating corpses remained isolated for a fifth day after a huge earthquake and tsunami devastated the region. Though health experts warned that contaminated water and rapidly dwindling food supplies were a bigger danger, officials here focused on the grisly task of disposing of the masses of the dead.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 December 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia death toll hits 32,000 Rescuers in Indonesia's battered island of Sumatra are struggling to combat disease and food shortages, in the wake of Sunday's devastating earthquake. The death toll in Indonesia now stands at more than 32,000, officials say. Most of those were in Aceh province on northern Sumatra, the landmass closest to the epicentre of the quake. Many areas along Sumatra's west coast have not yet been reached, and officials said the death toll could therefore rise further.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia secures churches as fears of terror attacks grow Muslim-dominated Indonesia on Monday ordered more security at potential flashpoints after renewed attacks on Christian churches sparked fears of a repeat of deadly Christmas Eve bombings four years ago. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told police chiefs to be on alert for possible terrorist attacks around the country after two attacks on churches in Central Sulawesi province late Sunday left three people seriously injured.

Posted in Violence @ 14 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


TV media hands in assault footage Representatives of the Association of Indonesian Television Journalists (IJTI) handed the police a recording on Tuesday that apparently showed three of the association's members being assaulted last week, and urged the police to immediately start an investigation.

Posted in Media @ 04 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati leaves State Palace President Megawati Soekarnoputri on Tuesday afternoon left the State Palace for the last time as the fifth Indonesian president. Megawati arrived at the palace at 11.15 a.m. to sign the Law on National Social Security System. She left at 12:15 p.m. and did not give a speech after the signing.

Posted in Elections @ 19 October 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia welcomes release of hostages in Iraq Indonesia has today welcomed the release of two of its nationals who had been held hostage in Iraq, and reiterated earlier warnings for all its citizens to immediately leave the war-torn country. “This is a happy ending,” Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda said. “Often cases like this end in disaster.” The two women, Rosidah binti Anan and Rafikan binti Aming, were handed over to the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Baghdad last night.

Posted in General @ 05 October 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia confirms two women hostages taken in Iraq Two Indonesian women working for a British company in Iraq were among 10 people kidnapped by an Islamic militant group, officials in Jakarta confirmed on Friday. Indonesian foreign ministry officials said the women, who were pictured wearing Muslim headscarves in video shot by the militants and aired on Arabic television, were from Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 October 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Editor's jail sentence threatens press freedom Handing down a jail sentence for a libel case has serious implications for press freedom in Indonesia, said Natalie Hill, deputy Asia director at Amnesty International, commenting on the jail sentence imposed on the chief editor of leading news magazine, Tempo.

Posted in Media @ 19 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Video reveals suicide van's path to the embassy gate These photographs are from the 29 seconds of footage obtained from two closed-circuit television cameras that filmed the Daihatsu Zebra light truck, which contained the explosives, as it drove past, and then returned to bomb, the Australian embassy.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Candidates availing of every opportunity to woo voters Two weeks to go before the election runoff on Sept. 20, 2004, both presidential candidates are availing of every opportunity they can to woo the voters. As the Central Jakarta District Court was slated on Monday to hand down its verdict in a high-profile defamation case against three Tempo magazine journalists, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono used the opportunity to seek the support of the media. He said there should be no journalists sent to prison for articles they wrote.

Posted in Elections @ 07 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt expels two Malaysians, American from Aceh The government Tuesday expelled two Malaysians and a U.S. citizen after they illegally entered the restive province of Aceh which remains under a state of civil emergency, an official said. "This morning we expelled the three foreigners," said Imron Zubandi, of the Aceh provincial immigration office. Authorities identified the two Malaysians as Jumat bin Majid, 31 and Ong Kung Wai, 44, and named the American as Blanchet Sean Kehoe, 21.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 29 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More paramilitaries sent to troubled Ambon, toll rises to 38 Another 100 paramilitary police have been sent to the troubled Indonesian city of Ambon as the death toll from a week of violence between Christian separatists and Muslims rose to 38. An 18-year-old man shot in the head by a sniper on Wednesday died from his wounds overnight at the Al Fatah hospital, a doctor there said. Authorities had on Saturday said that 37 people had died in a renewal of clashes which killed 5,000 over three years until a pact was signed in February 2002.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 02 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia crime TV 'too brutal' Indonesian police have been told to stop co-operating with the makers of "reality" TV crime programmes as they focus too much on police brutality. Police were also told they should stop taking TV journalists with them on operations, the Jakarta Post reported. It said police objected to being portrayed as violent and arrogant. A spokesman denied reporters were being banned from operations, saying: "We only ask the electronic media not to show brutality and obscene material."

Posted in Media @ 13 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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