Feb 23, 2024 Last Updated 12:52 AM, Feb 22, 2024

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.

On the history of Inside Indonesia see 'Twenty candles for Inside Indonesia', 'An audacious project', 'A little slice of magazine history', 'Bringing up Inside Indonesia' and 'Conception and birth'. 

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. The entire back catalogue of Inside Indonesia's print editions (1983-2007) is available in a digital archive hosted by the National Library of Australia.

All of our past online editions since we first went online in 1996, are archived on this website (Edition 46: Mar-Jun 1996 - current). In 2007, Inside Indonesia made the transition to an internet-only format.

In recent years Inside Indonesia has committed to publishing articles in both English and Bahasa Indonesia.

Purpose of Inside Indonesia

Inside Indonesia aims to provide a deeper image and understanding 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 is run on an entirely voluntary basis. None of our editors, writers or photographers are paid. We rely on donations to cover our overheads. 

Inside Indonesia online

Inside Indonesia has been a completely online magazine since 2007. At the time 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 original 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 we regularly publish off-theme 'Latest Articles'. 

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 month and Inside Indonesia will not provide your email address to any third party.  

We would love to know what you think about the magazine 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 a not-for-profit managed by the Indonesian Resources and Information Program (IRIP) Inc. (A0015981C). IRIP is an Incorporated Association registered with the Department of Justice, Consumer Affairs Victoria. 

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.

Disclaimer

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 also published.

editor@insideindonesia.org

ISSN number: 0814-1185

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