Mar 20, 2018 Last Updated 7:10 AM, Mar 17, 2018

About Inside Indonesia

History of Inside Indonesia

Inside Indonesia was set up in Melbourne by the Indonesian Resources and Information Program (IRIP) in 1983. This was a time when the mainstream media in Australia included very little information about Indonesia. The diverse group of academics and activists involved in the establishment of Inside Indonesia wanted to provide an antidote to that situation. In particular, they wanted to provide information about the growing numbers of people and organisations in Indonesia who were involved in attempts to bring about social and political change amidst the very repressive conditions at that time under the Suharto regime. (Click on the following links for articles about the history of Inside Indonesia...'Twenty candles for Inside Indonesia', and 'Looking back ...' both by Gerry van Klinken.)

In its print form, Inside Indonesia was published quarterly until March 2007. Throughout those years, Inside Indonesia provided a unique source of high quality and original reportage and analysis about issues in Indonesia which were rarely covered by other media sources. All of our past editions since we first went online (in 1996) are archived on this website. In 2007, Inside Indonesia made the transition to an internet-only format.

Purpose of Inside Indonesia

Inside Indonesia aims to provide a deeper image of Indonesia than that painted by mainstream media. It focuses on human rights, environmental, social and political issues, but is not limited to those issues. It is not an academic journal, but a publication which produces high standard, interesting, jargon free material about Indonesia by Indonesians or by others who have travelled, lived and/or done research in the country. Inside Indonesia is a non-profit endeavour, and apart from a small amount of technical support, is run on an entirely voluntary basis. None of our editors, writers or photographers are paid.

Inside Indonesia online

Becoming a completely online magazine has been an exciting, albeit challenging, process for Inside Indonesia. The decision was made to accommodate the increasingly global spread of editors and contributors, to marshall our scarce resources, to make the publishing process more efficient and to broaden Inside Indonesia’s readership.The online format is similar to the print version. Every three months we mark the publication of a new edition by publishing a new collection of articles on a major theme. In addition you will be able to find a new article on our site weekly. These articles may or may not be related to the quarterly theme.If you register here with our free subscription service you will receive an email notification when new material is available on our site. These notifications will be sent at a maximum rate of one per week and Inside Indonesia will not provide your email address to any third party.The online medium opens up some exciting possibilities for Inside Indonesia. We would love to know what you think about the magazine in its new form and to hear any suggestions you have for themes and/or article topics. Click here to give us your feedback .

Who runs and edits Inside Indonesia?

Inside Indonesia is managed by the Indonesian Resources and Information Program (IRIP).

Read about the current IRIP Board

Read the IRIP vision and mission statement

Inside Indonesia is edited by a team of volunteer editors who collectively have many years of accumulated experience writing about Indonesia.

Read more about the current editorial committee


Inside Indonesia strives to keep information stored on this website up to date, but provides no express or implied warranty as to the quality or accuracy of the information supplied. Readers should not rely on the information provided on this website, but make independent investigations.  The views of individual authors are their own and not necessarily those of the publisher.

Publication and Contact details

Inside Indonesia is published quarterly online. Additional off-theme articles are published weekly.

ISSN number: 0814-1185

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Lontar Modern Indonesia



A selection of stories from the Indonesian classics and modern writers, periodically published free for Inside Indonesia readers, courtesy of Lontar

30th Anniversary Book

Inside Indonesia - 30th Anniversary Photo Book


Have you bought your copy of Inside Indonesia's 30th Anniversary book yet?

The book features 30 of the judges' favourite images from the 2013 Inside Indonesia Photography Competition.

Preview the book  and order your copy online (Soft cover approx AUD$23.00 / Hard cover approx AUD$35.00).