In his 2020 memoir “Pearls on the Prairie, A Survivor’s Story”, the late author Tedjabayu recounts his 14 years as a political prisoner and shares part of Indonesia’s history that government-sanctioned schoolbooks do not tell.
Indonesian writer Martin Aleida lived and wrote through a dark chapter of Indonesia’s history. His new memoir “Romanticism in the Years of Violence” sheds new light on the oppression and stigma faced by journalists in Indonesia in the 1960s.
Putu Oka Sukanta and Goenawan Muhammad reflect on Indonesia’s Years of Violence and their friendship with Martin Aleida. Supplementary material for “Indonesia’s Years of Violence”.
Prison camps that once held political prisoners in Indonesia have since been transformed into shopping complexes or tourist attractions. People now experience these spaces in a completely different way, but the women who were once housed behind their walls still have stories to tell.
In 1965 Indonesia experienced anti-communist purges which left thousands, or perhaps millions, of people dead. In North Sumatra, a former political prisoner reflects on what it was like to be labelled a communist and experience the “curse” of Suharto firsthand.
Indonesia heads to the polls in mid-April, and campaigning is already in full swing. As the incumbent Jokowi faces off once more against former army general Prabowo Subianto, a war of words has been unleashed.
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.
The Muslim Cyber Army is a wide network operating online via social media platforms like Facebook, spreading anti-Jokowi content under the guise of defending Islam. New Naratif infiltrates an MCA group to get a glimpse of how they work.
The experiences of Indonesia’s political exiles is little known, both within and without the country. Now, a veteran journalist has put together a collection of stories based on interviews with some of these exiles and their families.