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Opinion / Column


Truth has been dethroned. It has become chance. When we become sick to death witnessing polical campaigns that sell themselves agressively to the masses while mobilizing intellectuals considered respected and honest, but still speak full of passion and ignore slander and fake news then 'truth' seems to be tucked away…


Does Antasari Deserve a Pardon?

President Joko Widodo's decision to grant Antasari Azhar clemency has raised questions. Convicted over the murder of Nasrudin Zulkarnaen, director of Putra Rajawali Banjaran company, Antasari feels he was made a scapegoat during the administration of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Now, President Jokowi has apparently used his prerogative to undermine…


'Negative Sovereignty' and Jakarta's Gubernatorial Election

Campaigns for the election of regional chief executives in the past three months have exposed the dirty side of democracy. Most candidates running for office this Wednesday have fallen into the trap of debating primordial issues, instead of proposing anything substantive.

Meanwhile their supporters, particularly in Jakarta, have even been…


One Leader to Replace Two

State-owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno must not allow the dispute within the management of Pertamina to become protracted. Selecting the new CEO of the largest state company in Indonesia must go ahead without delay. Rini must take her share of responsibility for the recent upheaval in the state-owned enterprise.


At Cross Purposes over Media Verification

We must support every endeavor to improve the Indonesian press, including setting up standards by the Press Council—as regulated by Press Council Regulation No. 4/2008. The 17-point guideline, if implemented properly, will make the press function as a medium of information, education, entertainment and social control, as well as being…



We are all being forced to get used to a brave new post-truth world. A Trump world of fake news. A world where blatant lies—for instance on the size of the crowd in Washington for the presidential inauguration—are 'alternative facts'.

Totalitarianism, militarism, fascism, colonialism and corporatism have all manipulated language…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Plundering Parliamentarians

I swear to God, swear to God," said Setya Novanto when he was asked if it was true there was Rp150 billion for the Golkar Party's coffers from money embezzled out of the e-KTP (electronic ID cards) in 2011. Without denying or confirming it, he held up his index and middle fingers to form a 'victory' sign.

Setya Novanto demonstrated this oath to Tempo editors when he visited this magazine's office on Wednesday last week, a day before the prosecution read the criminal charges filed in the massive corruption case surrounding the e-KTP project at the Jakarta Corruption Court.