Jerinx, UU ITE, and the endless threat to freedom of expression in Indonesia

Here’s the thing: Jerinx has been a problematic figure in Indonesia for months, as he touted one conspiracy theory after another on social media amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But criminalizing his mindless rhetoric using the Information and Electronic Transactions Act (UU ITE) is a reckless move that further undermines freedom of expression in Indonesia.  I ...

Opinion

COVID-19 doesn’t excuse Lombok’s discriminatory dress code

COVID-19 doesn’t excuse Lombok’s discriminatory dress code

A new dress code for female civil servants in Indonesia’s Central Lombok regency should concern all Indonesians.

Opinion: Foreign tourist’s viral TikTok crusade against menstruation ban in Balinese temple is insultingly myopic

Opinion: Foreign tourist’s viral TikTok crusade against menstruation ban in Balinese temple is insultingly myopic

Netizens, both Indonesians and foreign, have expressed their criticisms against the viral video.

Should foreign workers in Indonesia be worried about a requirement to learn Bahasa Indonesia?

Should foreign workers in Indonesia be worried about a requirement to learn Bahasa Indonesia?

Must all foreign workers be able to say selamat pagi, sampai besok, and everything in between in Bahasa Indonesia during a work day?


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