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Raymundus Rikang joined Tempo in 2014 and is now the editor of Majalah Tempo.
He graduated from the University of Atma Jaya Yogyakarta and is part of the writer’s team that won the 2020 Adinegoro Award.
Rikang participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) "Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists" from the U.S. Department of State.
The Electronic Information and Transactions Law is being used to indict people for making public criticisms. The President asked his administration to study options for revising the law, not long after some criticisms of the government were made. There is more support to issue directives on interpreting the law rather than revising it.
Some universities are generously awarding honorary degrees to politicians and officials. The selection process is considered to be non-transparent, with underlying political motives. Several officials have also aggressively lobbied for the adjunct professor titles at universities.
The government is attempting to expedite mass vaccinations to alleviate the pandemic’s great economic burden. Vice President Ma’ruf Amin asks the Indonesian Ulemas Council to quickly issue an edict for the vaccine. But mass vaccinations are being held back by technical issues and inadequate cold chain facilities. Rejection toward the vaccine is emerging in various regions.
Six Islam Defenders Front members died from gunshot wounds, all in the left chest. Prior, they were allegedly involved in a gunfight with the police, who had been following them from Rizieq Shihab’s home in Sentul, Bogor, West Java. According to witnesses and crime scene investigation, the victims were still alive when they were apprehended.
Rizieq Shihab’s return to Indonesia caused a panic within the government. President Joko Widodo is reportedly furious that crowds were allowed to gather at events involving the Islam Defenders Front leader. He reprimanded his subordinates for providing inaccurate data and failing to prevent masses from gathering. The Indonesian Military responded by putting troops on alert and taking down attributes promoting Rizieq.
Three fact-finding teams found a number of evidences indicating soldiers’ involvement in the murder of Yeremia Zanambani. There are suspicions that the pastor from Intan Jaya, Papua, had been tortured by soldiers he knew. A deal was made to keep from directly mentioning allegations that the military was involved.
Business-friendly articles were included in the last moments of the Job Creation Bill’s deliberation process, with Golkar Party motoring these changes. The law is believed to be legally defective because the bill’s final draft was not yet ready when the it was passed.
State Intelligence Agency’s swab tests are suspected to be inaccurate. Not all of the agency’s test results are reported to the Covid-19 task force and the health ministry’s research and development agency. Inaccurate test results may accelerate the virus’ transmission rate.