Firecrackers explode near protesters during clashes with police in Jakarta in May. Photo: AP
Quinton Temby
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Quinton Temby

Indonesia’s election riots offer a lesson on the perils of fake news

  • The violence in May over President Joko Widodo’s victory was the first time among the world’s democracies that online disinformation led to a poll-related riot
  • Anti-Chinese conspiracy theories also spiralled out of control, with some Indonesians believing People’s Liberation Army troops were on the streets of Jakarta

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Firecrackers explode near protesters during clashes with police in Jakarta in May. Photo: AP
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Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Photo: EPA
Johannes Nugroho
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Johannes Nugroho

As Indonesia mulls a move away from direct presidential elections, is dynastic politics here to stay?

  • President Joko Widodo is part of a new crop of Indonesian politicians elected without a famous family name or political links
  • But the country’s political elite, including former president Megawati, are proposing changes to the way the president is elected

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Photo: EPA
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