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.
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.

1 Jul 2018 - 4:56PM
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.

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.

1 Jul 2018 - 8:49AM
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.

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.

10 Jun 2018 - 1:49PM
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.

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.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
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.

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.

27 May 2018 - 11:03AM
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.

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.

20 May 2018 - 2:33PM
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.

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.

19 May 2018 - 2:14PM
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.

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.

19 May 2018 - 1:02PM
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.

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.

15 May 2018 - 9:40PM
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.

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

12 May 2018 - 8:09AM
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

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.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
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.

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.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
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.

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.

17 Mar 2018 - 8:30AM
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.

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.

4 Mar 2018 - 3:26PM
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.

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.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
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.

How Indonesia (finally) fell in love with man’s best friend
Rohingya or Afghan? In Indonesia, a tale of two refugee groups
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.

27 Nov 2017 - 4:31PM
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.

Indonesia’s Widodo vowed to ‘erase stigma’ in Papua. Tell that to the separatists
America has come to terms with Indonesia’s past. Why can’t Indonesians?
Could anti-Chinese violence flare again in Indonesia?
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

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

Islamists find another stick to beat Widodo with – communism
‘I came from nothing’: Meet the Indonesian Conor McGregor
Inverted flags, illegal migrants: how Malaysia-Indonesia ties took a turn for the worse
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.

1 Sep 2017 - 3:27PM
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.

Is Widodo following Duterte’s playbook in war on drugs?
Indonesia cracks down on gays ... and fuels its HIV epidemic
How this agency is waging war against corruption in Indonesia, and winning
Why Indonesia’s Widodo had to throw Ahok under a bus