Tempo Magazine | English Edition

Edition 14 September 2020

  • Peatland Fires are Patterned and Massive
    Cover Story

    Peatland Fires are Patterned and Massive

    Chief of Peatland Restoration Agency Nazir Foead

  • Feeling the Heat
    Cover Story

    Feeling the Heat

    There is concern that a number of articles in the job creation bill may weaken environenmental law enforcement. The bill poses a new threat to forests and peatlands.

  • The Untouchables
    Cover Story

    The Untouchables

    Companies responsible for forest fires are not being served equal punishment. Civil suits are difficult to execute, while criminal suits do not seem to be moving forward.

  • Companies Behind Forest Fires
    Cover Story

    Companies Behind Forest Fires

    Land and forest fires ravaged Indonesia again in 2019. Tempo, Mongabay, Betahita, Malaysiakini, and the non-governmental organization Auriga Nusantara team up to investigate wildfires in dozens of forest and oil palm concessions. Satellite imagery and field checking on three concession sites of three firms strengthen the suspicion that companies were involved in the disaster that caused Rp75 trillion in losses to Indonesia. Poor law enforcement and lax regulations may trigger similar disasters in the future. This report was made possible through our collaboration with the Pulitzer Center through the Rainforest Journalism Fund program.

  • Counterclaims in the Capital

    Counterclaims in the Capital

    Claiming unavailability of hospital beds and an increasing number of positive coronavirus cases, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan reinstated Large-Scale Social Restrictions. He is accused of not supporting the economy.

  • Recovering in Silence

    Recovering in Silence

    A number of public officials are reluctant to announce testing positive for Covid-19. It is seen as endangering the safety of others.

  • Two Men in the 10 Million Dollar Proposal

    Two Men in the 10 Million Dollar Proposal

    A plan to set Joko Tjandra free allegedly involved former Supreme Court chief, Hatta Ali. A pardon option was considered.

  • The Fugitive’s Tracks in Palm Oil Plantation

    The Fugitive’s Tracks in Palm Oil Plantation

    Joko Tjandra went through a long and winding road to return to Jakarta from Kuala Lumpur. He had help from a fugitive wanted by the Corruption Eradication Commission.

  • Waste Runs Yonder

    Waste Runs Yonder

    Industrial pollution at Bengawan Solo River has reached an alarming point. Of the 85 companies that dump waste into the longest river in Java, only 18 have disposal permits. Firms with permits also still dispose of waste above the allowed standard.

  • Booze River

    Booze River

    Each dry season, Solo Regional Drinking Water Company’s (PDAM) Chief of Public Relations Bayu Tunggul Pamilih agitates.

  • Interview


    Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi, Foreign Minister: Rivalry Is Getting Fiercer During the Pandemic

    A Mid her desperate hunt for Covid-19 vaccines, Foreign Minister Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi managed to successfully led Indonesia’s presidency over United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in August.


  • Law

    Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo:  The Pollution Has Been Serious

    Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo: The Pollution Has Been Serious

    Various large and small industries have been polluting Bengawan Solo River with liquid waste that goes beyond quality standard limits.

  • Law

    Arief Buntoro Dibyoseputro, Corporate Secretary of Rayon Utama Makmur:  There Are No Problems with Our Waste

    Arief Buntoro Dibyoseputro, Corporate Secretary of Rayon Utama Makmur: There Are No Problems with Our Waste

    Lab results show that waste level for a number of factories around the Bengawan Solo River have exceeded quality standards.

  • Cartoon


    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman



    Picture Window

    To stand tall and proud

    THE Agam Resort Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) officers are measuring the diameter of the trunk of a medang tree (Litsea sp) in a forest in Koto Malintang, Agam Regency, West Sumatra, Thursday, August 20. Data from the West Sumatra BKSDA indicates that tree, predicted to be 560 years old, has a diameter of 4.6 meters, with 14 meters of stem circumference, and a total height of 50 meters. This has made the tree one of the biggest in Indonesia./ANTARA FOTO/Muhamad Arif Pribadi


  • The Root Cause of Forest Burning

    The Root Cause of Forest Burning

    THE repeated burning of the forests in recent years is proof that the state is powerless in the face of the corporations thought to be behind the fires.

  • The Complex Knot of Joko Tjandra’s Bribery

    The Complex Knot of Joko Tjandra’s Bribery

    Following involvement of police officers, prosecutors and attorneys, the Joko Tjandra scandal has now spread to the Supreme Court. This shows the never-ending decay of our judicial system.

  • Polluted Bengawan Solo

    Polluted Bengawan Solo

    The pollution of the Bengawan Solo River continues without any satisfactory solution. Serious measures are needed against the companies that dispose waste.

  • Chaotic Response to the Pandemic

    Chaotic Response to the Pandemic

    Relying on a vaccine as the only solution, the government has lost its way in its handling of the pandemic. This is a reflection of Jokowi’s poor leadership.

  • On the KIP Kuliah Program

    On the KIP Kuliah Program

    AFTER handling various formalities to follow the KIP Kuliah (Higher Education Indonesia Smart Card) program, finally my child, Thrisa N.L., got information from her campus. At the end of August, she got a notification signed by the head of this private educational institution telling that she become one of the 20 new D-4 (diploma-4) hotelier students in the institute designated as a KIP Kuliah recipient.

  • Sidelines

    “God tirelessly plays dice under laws which he has himself prescribed.”

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