Jeffrey Hutton

Jeffrey Hutton

Jeff is based in Jakarta where he specializes in political, economic and human rights issues. He got his start in the late 1990s in Tokyo where he was a subeditor at the English edition of the Mainichi Shimbun. He went on to join Bloomberg News in Tokyo and then the Australian Financial Review in Sydney. Recently he started satupelangi.org, a website devoted to LGBT issues in Indonesia.

Latest from Jeffrey Hutton

China’s bird’s nest crackdown leaves Indonesia struggling to feather its …

Demand from health conscious Chinese may have sent the price of nests soaring, but import restrictions have clipped the wings of Indonesian exporters – sending sales of the soup ingredient underground.

Demand from health conscious Chinese may have sent the price of nests soaring, but import restrictions have clipped the wings of Indonesian exporters – sending sales of the soup ingredient underground.

China’s bird’s nest crackdown leaves Indonesia struggling to feather its …
1 Jul 2018 - 4:56PM
Reformasi sweep: Indonesia’s elections prove ‘people power’ has legs

Reformers with proven track records upend the incumbent status quo in three major provinces, all good signs that the country’s president could ride his reformist credentials into another term in office.

Reformers with proven track records upend the incumbent status quo in three major provinces, all good signs that the country’s president could ride his reformist credentials into another term in office.

Reformasi sweep: Indonesia’s elections prove ‘people power’ has legs
1 Jul 2018 - 8:49AM
Isn’t it time Indonesia blew its fuse over bomb hoaxes?

Incidents are marring the airline industry’s reputation just as it should be enjoying a renaissance. Yet authorities seem loath to prosecute pranksters despite the chaos they cause.

Incidents are marring the airline industry’s reputation just as it should be enjoying a renaissance. Yet authorities seem loath to prosecute pranksters despite the chaos they cause.

Isn’t it time Indonesia blew its fuse over bomb hoaxes?
10 Jun 2018 - 1:49PM
Is Widodo just paying pre-election lip service to human rights?

Volunteers and NGO workers who helped Indonesia’s president win election say the leader has mostly forgotten their causes, doing little to make abusers and war criminals face justice.

Volunteers and NGO workers who helped Indonesia’s president win election say the leader has mostly forgotten their causes, doing little to make abusers and war criminals face justice.

Is Widodo just paying pre-election lip service to human rights?
9 Jun 2018 - 9:46AM
Forget US-China, the Malaysia-Indonesia-EU trade war may be upon us

The European Union’s proposal to no longer recognise biofuel as a renewable energy source puts it on collision course with Malaysia and Indonesia, the two biggest players in the US$39 billion palm oil industry.

The European Union’s proposal to no longer recognise biofuel as a renewable energy source puts it on collision course with Malaysia and Indonesia, the two biggest players in the US$39 billion palm oil industry.

Forget US-China, the Malaysia-Indonesia-EU trade war may be upon us
27 May 2018 - 11:03AM
Indonesia’s Reformasi activists were burned, beaten, electrocuted – and they still fear for their country

Twenty years after Indonesia’s Reformasi movement started, the activists who were persecuted under the dictator Suharto warn that the country could be backsliding into authoritarianism.

Twenty years after Indonesia’s Reformasi movement started, the activists who were persecuted under the dictator Suharto warn that the country could be backsliding into authoritarianism.

Indonesia’s Reformasi activists were burned, beaten, electrocuted – and they still fear for their country
20 May 2018 - 2:33PM
Is Indonesia’s Reformasi a success, 20 years after Suharto?

Indonesia has come far on its road to democracy. Yet the dictator’s generals retain influence, pockets of extremism fester, freedoms are being whittled away and a corrupt judiciary holds court.

Indonesia has come far on its road to democracy. Yet the dictator’s generals retain influence, pockets of extremism fester, freedoms are being whittled away and a corrupt judiciary holds court.

Is Indonesia’s Reformasi a success, 20 years after Suharto?
19 May 2018 - 2:14PM
Indonesian Chinese still face discrimination 20 years after Reformasi

The fall of Suharto was marked by anti-Chinese riots that killed 1,000. Twenty years on, violent repression is in the past, yet resentment of a largely Christian community in a largely Muslim country remains.

The fall of Suharto was marked by anti-Chinese riots that killed 1,000. Twenty years on, violent repression is in the past, yet resentment of a largely Christian community in a largely Muslim country remains.

Indonesian Chinese still face discrimination 20 years after Reformasi
19 May 2018 - 1:02PM
Do Surabaya attacks signal a ‘barbaric’ turn, using families as suicide bombers?

Experts say having entire families explode themselves to kill others is a new tactic that the Islamic State seems to have initiated in Indonesia, which is no stranger to horrendous acts of terror.

Experts say having entire families explode themselves to kill others is a new tactic that the Islamic State seems to have initiated in Indonesia, which is no stranger to horrendous acts of terror.

Do Surabaya attacks signal a ‘barbaric’ turn, using families as suicide bombers?
15 May 2018 - 9:40PM
A Catch-22 from China that could derail Indonesia’s Widodo

To win votes, the Indonesian leader needs Chinese cash to build railways and ports. To build those railways and ports he needs to accept the Chinese workers who are losing him votes

To win votes, the Indonesian leader needs Chinese cash to build railways and ports. To build those railways and ports he needs to accept the Chinese workers who are losing him votes

A Catch-22 from China that could derail Indonesia’s Widodo
12 May 2018 - 8:09AM
Indonesia’s health scheme dwarfs Obamacare. But there is a problem

Jakarta has gained much political capital by rolling out the world’s biggest universal health insurance programme. There’s just one snag: paying for it.

Jakarta has gained much political capital by rolling out the world’s biggest universal health insurance programme. There’s just one snag: paying for it.

Indonesia’s health scheme dwarfs Obamacare. But there is a problem
22 Apr 2018 - 2:57PM
Journey to the past: why overseas Chinese are finally embracing their roots

Chinese immigrants once viewed the past as a black box – sealed shut to blend in abroad. But as new generations come of age, many are turning to genealogical services to search for identities that are fading with time.

Chinese immigrants once viewed the past as a black box – sealed shut to blend in abroad. But as new generations come of age, many are turning to genealogical services to search for identities that are fading with time.

Journey to the past: why overseas Chinese are finally embracing their roots
31 Mar 2018 - 8:32PM
Prabowo vs Widodo: what makes general think Indonesian election will be a case of second time lucky?

General Prabowo Subianto will again challenge Joko Widodo in Indonesia’s presidental election – but economic jitters, dirty tricks and an emphasis on religion are no guarantee of a different result this time around.

General Prabowo Subianto will again challenge Joko Widodo in Indonesia’s presidental election – but economic jitters, dirty tricks and an emphasis on religion are no guarantee of a different result this time around.

Prabowo vs Widodo: what makes general think Indonesian election will be a case of second time lucky?
17 Mar 2018 - 8:30AM
This man cleaned up a ‘City of Pigs’. But for Indonesian voters, he needs to be pious, too

The gubernatorial race in West Java is indicative of a new normal in the Muslim-majority country – for politicians, even stellar track records of reform are no longer enough, as mayor of Bandung Ridwan Kamil is finding out.

The gubernatorial race in West Java is indicative of a new normal in the Muslim-majority country – for politicians, even stellar track records of reform are no longer enough, as mayor of Bandung Ridwan Kamil is finding out.

This man cleaned up a ‘City of Pigs’. But for Indonesian voters, he needs to be pious, too
4 Mar 2018 - 3:26PM
Sex before marriage ‘fudge’ gives hope to Indonesia’s persecuted gays  

Amid Indonesia’s latest bout of moral panic, that has seen its transgendered citizens rounded up by police and politicians calling for outright bans on sex outside marriage, there are signs that cooler heads may prevail – if only slightly.

Amid Indonesia’s latest bout of moral panic, that has seen its transgendered citizens rounded up by police and politicians calling for outright bans on sex outside marriage, there are signs that cooler heads may prevail – if only slightly.

Sex before marriage ‘fudge’ gives hope to Indonesia’s persecuted gays  
4 Feb 2018 - 11:06AM
How Indonesia (finally) fell in love with man’s best friend
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Rohingya or Afghan? In Indonesia, a tale of two refugee groups
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
This tattooed Indonesian fisheries minister will blow your mind (and maybe your boat)

Blowing up illegal vessels got Indonesia’s fisheries boss noticed; now the net gains of Susi Pudjiastuti’s policy are clear to see.

Blowing up illegal vessels got Indonesia’s fisheries boss noticed; now the net gains of Susi Pudjiastuti’s policy are clear to see.

This tattooed Indonesian fisheries minister will blow your mind (and maybe your boat)
27 Nov 2017 - 4:31PM
Indonesia’s Widodo vowed to ‘erase stigma’ in Papua. Tell that to the separatists
18 May 2018 - 4:49PM
America has come to terms with Indonesia’s past. Why can’t Indonesians?
29 Oct 2017 - 12:40PM
Could anti-Chinese violence flare again in Indonesia?
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Move over Aussies, the Chinese are coming. And Indonesia can’t get enough of them

Bali volcano scare is only a blip as the number of Chinese tourists to Indonesia continues to rise exponentially

Bali volcano scare is only a blip as the number of Chinese tourists to Indonesia continues to rise exponentially

Move over Aussies, the Chinese are coming. And Indonesia can’t get enough of them
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Islamists find another stick to beat Widodo with – communism
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
‘I came from nothing’: Meet the Indonesian Conor McGregor
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Inverted flags, illegal migrants: how Malaysia-Indonesia ties took a turn for the worse
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
A step in the dark: Jakarta seeks order for its crazy pavements

Pedestrians in the Indonesian capital run a gauntlet of gaping potholes, wayward noodle stands and lecherous men – if they can find a place to walk in the first place. But change is afoot: welcome to Orderly Pavement Month.

Pedestrians in the Indonesian capital run a gauntlet of gaping potholes, wayward noodle stands and lecherous men – if they can find a place to walk in the first place. But change is afoot: welcome to Orderly Pavement Month.

A step in the dark: Jakarta seeks order for its crazy pavements
1 Sep 2017 - 3:27PM
Is Widodo following Duterte’s playbook in war on drugs?
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Indonesia cracks down on gays ... and fuels its HIV epidemic
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
How this agency is waging war against corruption in Indonesia, and winning
22 Jul 2017 - 2:42PM
Why Indonesia’s Widodo had to throw Ahok under a bus
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM