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CNN Indonesia – November 27, 2023

Jakarta – Human rights activist and defendant in a defamation case, Haris Azhar, says that the public prosecutor is representing the ruling elite in the trial against him.

This was conveyed by Azhar when reading out his defense speech (pleidoi) in a case of alleged defamation brought by Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan at the East Jakarta District Court on Monday November 27. – November 27, 2023

Ihsanuddin, Jakarta – The politics doing the rounds these days can be referred to as "hating" the past and lacking a sufficient historical awareness, thus giving rise to the politics of gemoy, selepet and the Hunger Games.

Writer and chief editor of Narasi, Zen RS, has touched on the presidential and vice presidential candidates (capres-cawapres) running in the 2024 elections and the general symptom in politics of not wanting past issues to be brought up. – November 26, 2023

Fabian Januarius Kuwado, Jakarta – Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has re-launched the Track Record ( website to expose information and the curriculum vitae of the hundreds of legislative candidates running in the 2024 elections.

ICW researcher Kurnia Ramadhana said that through the website the public can examine general information about candidates, their role in the production of laws, their legal history, whether they are corrupt, and what legal cases they have been embroiled in.

CNN Indonesia – November 23, 2023

Jakarta – The vice presidential candidate running under the number 2 electoral ticket, Mahfud MD, claims he often receives complaints from businesspeople over their difficulties investing in Indonesia because there is no legal certainty.

According to Mahfud, businesspeople find it difficult to invest because they are often forced to pay bribes, a practice that can in fact also give rise to legal risks.

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Kompas Newspaper – September 13, 2023

Indonesia's poor are being hit hard by a spike in rice prices that have reached record highs recently, with medium-grade rice costing almost 13,000 rupiah (around US 85 cents) a kilogram, a increase of 20 percent since January.

Kompas Newspaper – September 6, 2023

High-rise buildings in Jakarta will soon be required by law to spray water mist from their rooftops as part a desperate bid by the government to tackle the toxic air pollution that has been choking the megacity for weeks.

Kompas Newspaper – August 30, 2023

The government is scrambling to address Jakarta's perennial air pollution problem amid a public outcry over worsening air quality in recent weeks.

Kompas Newspaper – August 23, 2023

Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has found that at least 39 former graft convicts are on the General Elections Commission (KPU) provisional list of legislative candidates (caleg), which was released earlier this month.

Featured – November 20, 2023

Ihsanuddin, Jakarta – The University of Indonesia Political Studies Centre (Puskapol UI) has warned that efforts to mobilise village officials for political support in elections is one of the leadership styles practiced by the New Order regime of former president Suharto. – November 18, 2023

Icha Rastika, Jakarta – University of Melbourne Asia Institute Social Science Director Vedi R Hadiz says that there were overly high hopes in President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo which have given birth to a huge disappointment.

Kompas – November 17, 2023

Icha Rastika, Jakarta – University of Melbourne Asia Institute Social Science Director Vedi R Hadiz says there is no guarantee that presidential candidate Number 2, Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, can be controlled by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo if he is indeed elected as president in the – November 17, 2023

Novianti Setuningsih, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo says that so far not one foreign investment has come into the new capital city (IKN) Nusantara.

The president however, is convinced that foreign investors will soon come into the new capital after domestic investors become active. – November 15, 2023

Ihsanuddin, Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) has caught wind of various potential violations, fraud and abuse of authority in the election of presidential and vice presidential candidates on February 14, 2024. – November 14, 2023

Ihsanuddin, Jakarta – The advocacy team for democracy says it regrets the sentences demanded by the public prosecutor (JPU) against former Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) coordinator Fatia Maulidiyanti and the founder of the Lokataru Human Rights Foundation