May 16, 2022 Last Updated 8:50 AM, May 6, 2022

Freedom of Expression

Facebooking for reform?

Social media campaigns highlight the need for criminal law reform in Indonesia

The spirit of Sudirman

A mural competition in Yogyakarta sees Indonesians reinterpreting their revolutionary past in the light of present concerns

Stopping the flow

Lapindo Brantas’ involvement in the Surabaya Post has restricted the way journalists report on the mudflow

Censorship makes a comeback

Recent book bannings mark a return to the repressive practices of the New Order

Driving under the New Order

The tumultuous events of 1965 thwarted Liong Tjie Tjong’s writing aspirations

Patrolling sexuality

The authorities and the media promote vigilantism in Aceh

Demonstrating diversity

Photo-essay: Yogya’s community protests against the Pornography Bill

Hot debates

A law on pornography still divides the community

Freedom of expression

Whether Papuans support autonomy or independence, they should be allowed to speak freely

A new artistic order?

The arts scene has changed radically since 1998, but some of the old uncertainties remain

Blaming the messenger

Indonesia’s tangled public information laws are keeping the press in check

Angel sparks controversy

Journalists strike after West Java’s most famous newspaper ‘withdraws’ poem.

Writing on the wall

Remember the election last May? MAS SUJOKO was there and listened in to the people's vote, recorded on walls all over Yogyakarta.

Death of a journalist

'I write the truth and if I have to die for it, well so be it' wrote Udin shortly before he died. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL investigates.

Accusations of blasphemy

Are recent fatwa evidence that moderate Islam is a myth?

Unfinished Business

Labour on the net

Whimsical protest

Transforming rubbish into political art

The politics of culture

Pramoedya's reputation is still dogged by the cultural polemics of the Sukarno era

A lesson in courage

An activist reflects on Pramoedya’s significance for young Indonesians.

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