Profile Abdul Manan

Abdul Manan

Abdul Manan covers international issues and has received various accolades including the 2009 Press Council-UNESCO journalistic award on the freedom of the press, Anugerah Swara Sarasvati Award 2010, and attended the Kassel Summer School 2010 in Germany.

Manan graduated from Stikosa-AWS Surabaya and is the chairperson of the Indonesian Independent Journalist Alliance 2017-2020. 





  • Mangrove Marred by Mining Mud
    Environment

    Mangrove Marred by Mining Mud

    Local communities protested against Aneka Tambang for polluting the mangrove area in Tanjung Moronopo, East Halmahera North Maluku, with waste from its mining operation. The mine is changing both the waters and the lives of fishermen.

  • No Zero Emission Promises
    Environment

    No Zero Emission Promises

    President Joko Widodo made no mention of a time frame to achieve net zero emission at the Leader Summit on Climate 2021 initiated by the US President. Indonesia’s target is deemed far below expectations. 

  • Back From Extinction
    Science & Technology

    Back From Extinction

    Residents of Kotabaru, South Kalimantan, discovered a bird identified as pelanduk kalimantan, or the black-browed babbler. This species has not been seen since it was first discovered in the 1840s.

  • Less Masapi at Lake Poso
    Environment

    Less Masapi at Lake Poso

    Fishermen are concerned about the impact of the dredging activities in the Poso River basin in Central Sulawesi. Dams and traps block the life cycle of eels.

  • Worship in the Time of Emergency
    Religion

    Worship in the Time of Emergency

    A number of policies to deal with the pandemic this past year have an impact on Muslim rituals. Social worships and rituals are increasing. This report is the result of a collaboration between Tempo and Rappler, supported by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

  • Power Plant Ash Controversy
    Environment

    Power Plant Ash Controversy

    The government takes fly ash resulting from coal combustion off the list of hazardous and toxic waste. There is concern that this will endanger the environment and ignore any impact on those living around coal power plants.

  • From Scavenger Cooperatives to Wholesale Stores
    Environment

    From Scavenger Cooperatives to Wholesale Stores

    Food manufacturers are innovating to reduce plastic bottle waste. Some maximize the use of recycled materials, while others support the community in its waste management.

  • An Omen from Rantau Nangka
    Environment

    An Omen from Rantau Nangka

    Heavy rainfall on January 11 to 15 inundated 10 out of 13 regencies and cities in South Kalimantan. But the rain was not the only reason for the flooding. The loss of forest density impacts Barito watershed area’s ability to resist floods.

  • Lack of Ambition for Emission Reduction
    Environment

    Lack of Ambition for Emission Reduction

    The Climate Ambition Summit was organized to help push for a renewed commitment on emission reduction, in order to achieve the target of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degree Celsius by 2030. Indonesia is seen as lacking ambition to meet its emission reduction target.

  • Claimed by the Sea
    Environment

    Claimed by the Sea

    The rising sea is turning the lives of Bendono village residents in Central Java upside down. Fertile rice fields and productive fishponds are now under water.

  • Bujang Raba’s Carbon Blessing
    Environment

    Bujang Raba’s Carbon Blessing

    The live of people living around the Bujang Raba protected forest, Bungo Regency, Jambi, changed after the forest is included in the carbon trade. Hoping for the related regulation to be issued soon.

  • Phytopharmacy’s Slow Progress
    Science & Technology

    Phytopharmacy’s Slow Progress

    Numerous problems are hindering the development of phytopharmacy in Indonesia, from the reluctance of doctors to prescribe herbal medicines to lack of regulatory support. The industry must work to promote the use of phytopharmaceuticals among medical professionals and the public.

  • possible Massive Earthquake and tsunami
    Science & Technology

    possible Massive Earthquake and tsunami

    A latest study predicts that a magnitude 9.1 earth quake and 20 meters high tsunami could hit the southern coast of Java. It further underlines the imperativeness for additional tsunami early warning system instruments.

  • The Army’s Quick Cure
    Science & Technology

    The Army’s Quick Cure

    Research for a Covid-19 drug by Airlangga University sparked a polemic. Aside from its effectiveness, its adherence to clinical trials protocol is also questioned. The ball is now in the Indonesia Food and Drug Authority’s court.

  • Thorn in the Flesh
    Asean & Beyond

    Thorn in the Flesh

    Mahathir is challenging his dismissal from the Bersatu Party in an attempt to regain control of the government.

  • An Island for Rohingya
    International

    An Island for Rohingya

    The Bangladeshi government is unable to convince Rohingya refugees to move to Bashan Char Island. There are concerns over safety and economic sustainability.

  • The Problem with Rapid Testing
    Cover Story

    The Problem with Rapid Testing

    International journalists have found issues with Covid-19 rapid test kits. India and Spain are complaining about the inaccuracy of Chinese-manufactured test kits.

  • Storm of Hatred in Uncle Sam’s Country
    International

    Storm of Hatred in Uncle Sam’s Country

    At least 1,000 racist or discriminative actions against Asians occurred amid the coronavirus outbreak. Four cases happened to Indonesians in Philadelphia.

  • A War Without Ammunition
    Cover Story

    A War Without Ammunition

    The WHO has cautioned early about the world’s unpreparedness to face the corona pandemic. Health workers in the United States are complaining about the limited testing equipment available and the shortage of face masks.

  • Abduction in Myawaddy Forest
    Asean & Beyond

    Abduction in Myawaddy Forest

    Two Myanmar journalists were held captive for 24 hours. They were investigating construction projects at the Thai-Myanmar border.

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