Category Archive: Culture

No Safety for Women in Jakarta’s Public Transport

Plenty of women work and take public transport in Jakarta. Statistically, much of violence towards women happen in the domestic sphere, but apparently many cases also occur in the public sphere. Hundreds are… Continue reading

BBC Indonesia launches #TrenSosial project

BBC Indonesia has launched #TrenSosial (Social Trend) project, which will involve the Indonesian audience in an exciting new approach to digital journalism. Indonesia’s capital Jakarta is the city that tweets the most in… Continue reading

Back to School for Foreign Workers?

A draft government regulation that will require foreigners to master the Indonesian language before they are able to obtain a work permit here has elicited incredulity and skepticism from members of the local… Continue reading

‘Post’ chief responds to being named suspect

The Jakarta Post’s chief editor Meidyatama Suryodiningrat issued a statement on Thursday evening in response to the announcement made by the Jakarta Police that he has been named a suspect in a blasphemy… Continue reading

French journalists convicted, sentenced in Indonesia

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today’s conviction and sentencing to prison of French documentary filmmakers Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat on charges of breaking immigration laws in Indonesia. The two were sentenced… Continue reading

Killing part 2: The Look of Silence

Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence is a stunning companion piece, or possibly narrative development, to that extraordinary 2012 documentary The Act Of Killing. Its enigmatic title may indicate the numb silence which… Continue reading

Twitter to Open Office in Indonesia

Jakarta. Social media giant Twitter has confirmed that the company will soon open an office in one of the Twitter capitals of the world. Adam Bain, Twitter’s global president of revenue and partnership, who… Continue reading

Facelift for the Bemo

 Students from Multimedia Nusantara University (UMN) and University Technology of Sydney (UTS) paint a three-wheeled public mini vehicle— locally known as a bemo — in Karet, South Jakarta, on Monday. As many as… Continue reading

Indonesia Etc: Exploring the Improbable Nation. By Elizabeth Pisani

6/23/2014 / The Economist   Indonesia The road ahead Decoding a nation of 13,466 islands, 360 ethnic groups and 719 languages Jun 21st 2014 | From the print edition Indonesia Etc: Exploring the Improbable Nation.… Continue reading

What is really showing on Vimeo?

Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. This week’s report begins in Indonesia, where Communications Minister Tifatul Sembiring announced… Continue reading

Extinct Bemo

A bemo (three-wheeled public transportation van) transports passengers while another is parked on the opposite side of the road in Bendungan Hilir, Central Jakarta on Friday. The city administration is phasing out the… Continue reading

The time to reconcile is now

A chilling documentary about one of the worst massacres since World War Two is up for an Academy Award this weekend. If it does win, don’t expect the Indonesian co-director to go on… Continue reading