Johannes Nugroho

Johannes Nugroho is a writer and political analyst from Surabaya, Indonesia

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Indonesia’s internet law on trial after Surabaya woman’s Instagram post sparks criminal defamation battle

When 26-year-old Surabaya native Stella Monica Hendrawan took to Instagram to complain about a bad experience she’d had at a beauty clinic, she never thought two years later she’d still be fighting criminal defamation charges brought under Indonesia’s controversial ITE internet law.

When 26-year-old Surabaya native Stella Monica Hendrawan took to Instagram to complain about a bad experience she’d had at a beauty clinic, she never thought two years later she’d still be fighting criminal defamation charges brought under Indonesia’s controversial ITE internet law.

26 Dec 2021 - 4:47PM
Sukmawati aside, few Indonesians would dare to change their religion

Sukarno’s daughter may have converted from Islam to Hinduism but for ordinary Indonesians to do so is to take a great risk, as Johannes Nugroho found out.

Sukarno’s daughter may have converted from Islam to Hinduism but for ordinary Indonesians to do so is to take a great risk, as Johannes Nugroho found out.

5 Dec 2021 - 12:00PM
In Indonesia, LGBT ‘wayang’ shadow puppets have a message of tolerance, without the sermon

Transgender characters are pushing back against rising intolerance in the Muslim-majority country.

Transgender characters are pushing back against rising intolerance in the Muslim-majority country.

3 Dec 2021 - 3:24PM
This Indonesian sanctuary is changing minds on animal rights, one pig at a time

The Loos, an Indonesian couple in their 40s, have set up the Sehati Animal Sanctuary on Sumatra island to speak up for living beings that lack a voice.

The Loos, an Indonesian couple in their 40s, have set up the Sehati Animal Sanctuary on Sumatra island to speak up for living beings that lack a voice.

31 Oct 2021 - 9:59PM
For Chinese-Indonesians in Yogyakarta, a Dutch colonial law is the reason for why they can’t own land

The semi-autonomous Indonesian sultanate only grants ethnic Chinese citizens up to 30-year leasehold titles, after it resurrected a Dutch colonial-era law.

The semi-autonomous Indonesian sultanate only grants ethnic Chinese citizens up to 30-year leasehold titles, after it resurrected a Dutch colonial-era law.

23 Oct 2021 - 2:59AM
Coronavirus: Bali’s farmers hand out free vegetables as tourism dries up

Bali’s biggest employer – the tourism sector – has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, but its no. 2 industry is proving more resilient.

Bali’s biggest employer – the tourism sector – has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, but its no. 2 industry is proving more resilient.

16 Aug 2021 - 10:25AM
Meet the Indonesians saving Chinese heritage, one tomb at a time

History buff Philipus Raharjo and entrepreneur Bram Luska spend their time scouring the hills of Semarang for forgotten Chinese grave sites. But not all the tombs they find are ready to give up their secrets.

History buff Philipus Raharjo and entrepreneur Bram Luska spend their time scouring the hills of Semarang for forgotten Chinese grave sites. But not all the tombs they find are ready to give up their secrets.

8 Aug 2021 - 10:17AM
Opinion | How Indonesia and China can learn to get along

Both sides have a long way to go before they reach a mutual understanding, but showing respect for each other’s culture and sovereignty would be a good start, writes Johannes Nugroho.

Both sides have a long way to go before they reach a mutual understanding, but showing respect for each other’s culture and sovereignty would be a good start, writes Johannes Nugroho.

30 Jun 2021 - 1:08PM
‘Facade of tolerance’: Is Indonesia’s blasphemy law unfair to minority groups?

A scandal involving ethnic Chinese Christian evangelist Jozeph Paul Zhang has cast the spotlight on Indonesia’s lopsided implementation of the blasphemy law, which is meant to protect other religions besides Islam.

A scandal involving ethnic Chinese Christian evangelist Jozeph Paul Zhang has cast the spotlight on Indonesia’s lopsided implementation of the blasphemy law, which is meant to protect other religions besides Islam.

16 May 2021 - 5:30PM
Jokowi’s son broke up with his girlfriend. It caused a stir in Indonesia’s Chinese community

Kaesang Pangarep and Felicia Chew were one of the most high-profile interfaith couples in a country where relationships between Muslims and non-Muslims still raise eyebrows.

Kaesang Pangarep and Felicia Chew were one of the most high-profile interfaith couples in a country where relationships between Muslims and non-Muslims still raise eyebrows.

29 Mar 2021 - 11:33AM
‘Cina’ to ‘Tionghoa’: why do Indonesians use English to talk about the Chinese?

The gentrification of the Indonesian lexicon through English may be part of a wider trend.

The gentrification of the Indonesian lexicon through English may be part of a wider trend.

27 Feb 2021 - 5:13PM
Opinion | Why Indonesia’s new Christian police chief is no game-changer in a Muslim-majority nation

The appointment of a Christian police chief is welcome in a country where minorities are often sidelined, but his loyalty to the president is his greatest asset.

The appointment of a Christian police chief is welcome in a country where minorities are often sidelined, but his loyalty to the president is his greatest asset.

28 Jan 2021 - 8:29PM
Opinion | Why US democracy is a source of inspiration, and derision for Indonesians

To some Indonesians, Biden represents a return to the Obama period, when the US lectured others on democracy but continued to wage wars in foreign lands.

To some Indonesians, Biden represents a return to the Obama period, when the US lectured others on democracy but continued to wage wars in foreign lands.

17 Nov 2020 - 10:04AM
Thailand’s erotic Boys Love TV dramas are a hit with Indonesians, gay and straight

BL TV series, which depict relationships between male characters, have helped LGBT people in Indonesia find positive reinforcement.

BL TV series, which depict relationships between male characters, have helped LGBT people in Indonesia find positive reinforcement.

11 Oct 2020 - 2:00PM
Opinion | As Indonesia faces recession, failure to help informal sector will cost it dearly

During the Asian Financial Crisis, the informal sector kept the economy going, but the current US$48 billion coronavirus stimulus package fails to address the most vulnerable.

During the Asian Financial Crisis, the informal sector kept the economy going, but the current US$48 billion coronavirus stimulus package fails to address the most vulnerable.

21 Aug 2020 - 10:08AM
Opinion | Will spurning Chinese cash come back to haunt Indonesia’s Natunas?

The islands’ regent Abdul Hamid Rizal is fishing for Western investments amid incursions by Chinese vessels in the Natuna Sea.

The islands’ regent Abdul Hamid Rizal is fishing for Western investments amid incursions by Chinese vessels in the Natuna Sea.

27 Jul 2020 - 11:18AM
Opinion | Why Hong Kong’s autonomy from Beijing matters to Indonesia

Its tiny community of ethnic Chinese tend to be pro-Beijing, while the notion of secession is anathema to Jakarta. Hong Kong’s current status under ‘one country, two systems’ also benefits Indonesia economically.

Its tiny community of ethnic Chinese tend to be pro-Beijing, while the notion of secession is anathema to Jakarta. Hong Kong’s current status under ‘one country, two systems’ also benefits Indonesia economically.

13 Jun 2020 - 2:17PM
Opinion | Indonesia’s fake ‘royal courts’ aren’t just created by crackpots but reflect society’s longing for a messiah

The country’s pretender kingdoms have made grand claims of power and wealth, and tap into a belief that a ‘Just King’ will deliver prosperity that people have yet to enjoy.

The country’s pretender kingdoms have made grand claims of power and wealth, and tap into a belief that a ‘Just King’ will deliver prosperity that people have yet to enjoy.

7 Feb 2020 - 12:48PM
Opinion | Jokowi is not a real reformer – just ask Indonesian students

President Widodo is focused on serving his people largely through increased welfare and economic growth. But recent student protests have shown the complexity of the Indonesian electorate’s aspirations.

President Widodo is focused on serving his people largely through increased welfare and economic growth. But recent student protests have shown the complexity of the Indonesian electorate’s aspirations.

12 Dec 2019 - 1:22PM
Opinion | As Indonesia mulls a move away from direct presidential elections, is dynastic politics here to stay?

Joko Widodo is part of a new crop of Indonesian politicians elected without family political links. But amid proposed changes that would end direct presidential elections, the era of dynastic politics may not be over

Joko Widodo is part of a new crop of Indonesian politicians elected without family political links. But amid proposed changes that would end direct presidential elections, the era of dynastic politics may not be over

12 Dec 2019 - 1:28PM