Tonggo Simangunsong

Tonggo Simangunsong

Tonggo Simangunsong is an Indonesian journalist based in Medan city, North Sumatra. His work has appeared in the South China Morning Post, Al Jazeera, New Naratif and Destinasian, covering politics, environmental issues, culture and identity, arts and travel.

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Meteorite or ‘magical’ healing stone? Indonesian social media lights up again over another alien rock landing

Local residents who found a meteorite that crashed to earth in southern Sumatra Island put it into a tub of water, hoping its bottled essence would cure their ailments.

3 Feb 2021 - 9:32PM

Local residents who found a meteorite that crashed to earth in southern Sumatra Island put it into a tub of water, hoping its bottled essence would cure their ailments.

Meteorite or ‘magical’ healing stone? Indonesian social media lights up again over another alien rock landing
In Indonesia, paranormal activity banned as shamans clash in search for missing children

After three children went missing in North Sumatra, shamans flocked to their village to perform rituals to find them. But the police and even local spirits are unhappy.

28 Nov 2020 - 9:03PM

After three children went missing in North Sumatra, shamans flocked to their village to perform rituals to find them. But the police and even local spirits are unhappy.

In Indonesia, paranormal activity banned as shamans clash in search for missing children
Indonesia’s ‘millionaire’ meteorite man ducks limelight after going viral

Josua Hutagalung of North Sumatra has gone into hiding after multiple international media outlets reported the hunk of space rock he found was worth US$1.7 million.

21 Nov 2020 - 9:45PM

Josua Hutagalung of North Sumatra has gone into hiding after multiple international media outlets reported the hunk of space rock he found was worth US$1.7 million.

Indonesia’s ‘millionaire’ meteorite man ducks limelight after going viral
Indonesia’s unpopular Omnibus Law ‘trying to kill us slowly’, protester says

Thousands have been arrested in violent protests against the new job creation law, as Indonesian President Joko Widodo said demonstrators are being driven by disinformation.

10 Oct 2020 - 10:31PM

Thousands have been arrested in violent protests against the new job creation law, as Indonesian President Joko Widodo said demonstrators are being driven by disinformation.

Indonesia’s unpopular Omnibus Law ‘trying to kill us slowly’, protester says