Coconuts Colloquium Jakarta: The 2019 Indonesian Election (What the Mainstream Media Isn’t Talking About)

We’re bringing Coconuts Colloquiums to Jakarta this month for a discussion on the upcoming election in Indonesia.

Coconuts Colloquiums is our new event series wherein we aim to jazz up the format of your typical after-work forum and happy hours and add a little Coconuts flavor to your post-nine-to-five.

Hopefully, you’ll leave our sessions a little bit more enlightened and a lot more buzzed.

The whole shindig is in honor of the one-year anniversary of our premium subscription newsletter, Indonesia Intelligencer.

This next edition brings together a panel made up of some of Indonesia’s finest and most fearless young journalists to discuss the following topic:

While Indonesian and international media is focused on the horse race between President Joko Widodo and challenger Prabowo Subianto, there are a lot of crucial topics that aren’t getting enough attention ahead of this year’s pivotal presidential election including media bias, LGBT rights, gender issues, the reliability of polling, and much more. What’s really going on with these issues and what does the future hold for them should Jokowi or Prabowo emerge victorious?

Our panelists:

Febriana Firdaus is an independent investigative journalist reporting on politics, corruption, human and LGBT rights and terrorism. She has written for New NaratifSouth China Morning PostTimeTempoRappler and Vice Indonesia.

Stanley Widianto  is a journalist who has written about Indonesia for The Washington PostForeign PolicyThe GuardianThe Atlantic and The Jakarta Post.

Erin Cook is a Jakarta-based journalist hailing from Canberra who covers a wide-range of Southeast Asian affairs. She produces the newsletter guide to all things ASEAN, Dari Mulut Ke Mulut, and has written for a number of publications including OzyThe DiplomatAsia Times and The Splice Newsroom

Andra Nasrie is the managing editor of Coconuts Jakarta and a former producer at Kompas TV.

As with our previous Coconuts Colloquiums, the drinks shall be free-flow, and the complimentary bites delicious. After the talk, we’ll have time to meet and mingle, too.

COCO+ Members and Indonesia Intelligencer paid subscribers (including those on free one-month trial memberships) are welcome to join this event free of charge.

Not yet a member? You can join COCO+ for the price of one coffee per month to get unlimited access to fresh, original and award-winning content plus the chance to join more regular events like this one. 

And/or you can sign up for Indonesia Intelligencer to get a round-up of the most essential business, political and culture news from Indonesia sent to your inbox each week. Get one month free here. 

WHATIndonesia’s 2019 Election: The Issues the Mainstream Media Isn’t Talking About 
WHEN: Feb. 28, 6:30-9pm
WHERE: ¿Por Qué No?, De RITZ Building 5th floor, Jl. HOS. Cokroaminoto No.91, Menteng, Central Jakarta
FOOD & DRINKS: Tapas and free flow beer and wine will be served! 
LANGUAGE: Discussion will be in English

  • This event is free for COCO+ Members and Indonesia Intelligencer subscribers, including those on a free trial. If you’re a member, RSVP to by Feb. 26.
  • Admission for non-members is US$15 via Eventbrite until Feb. 26, or IDR 250k at the door.


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