For years, farmers and residents caught in agrarian conflicts throughout Indonesia have faced criminalisation, brutality and murder. The mandate to conduct social distancing, however, provides the authorities with further justification to thwart their fight.
Author Archives: Eduard Lazarus
Eduard Lazarus is a writer and editor living in Jakarta covering media and political movements. His past work encompasses editing for Remotivi, a Jakarta-based independent media studies publication, and writing on cultural policy for Indonesia Arts Coalition.
Denials and Demagogues: Indonesia’s Communication Crisis Amidst a Pandemic
As the Indonesian government stumbles with public communication, journalists are putting their lives at risk trying to convey the gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic. Government censors, however, are making this an insurmountable task.
Licence for Impunity
In Indonesia, alleged human rights violators from military backgrounds have cemented their position as figures of authority in the current political landscape. Mechanisms hindering any judicial process that could bring them to court means there is little accountability.