Author: Elizabeth Soelistio


ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – In a definitive swing of the political pendulum, South Korea has elected Moon Jae-in as president, after his predecessor was impeached. The new, liberal occupant of the presidential Blue House is a lawyer, former student activist, former soldier and the son of North Korean immigrants. Moon has promised to root out corruption in S. Korea’s industrial conglomerates (the head of Samsung is currently on trial for corruption) and to address rising issues of inequality and youth unemployment. However, his views on reopening talks with the north have earned him criticism from some of S. Korea’s...

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Celebrating Indonesia’s ‘Unpublished’ News Photography

This slideshow requires JavaScript. ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – As the Jakarta Post notes in its write-up, it’s one thing for a photo to be kept from publication because it’s not good enough. It’s another when the photo is shelved because the image is too sensitive. In the period from 1965 to the 2000s in Indonesia, that could mean it showed blood, death, religion or simply would embarrass the powers that be. ‘Unpublished,’ a terrific new exhibit of photos culled from newspaper Kompass’ 2 million-plus image archive, brings 100 of these pictures to the public for the first time. As...

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ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – As one of the fastest growing internet users among its Southeast Asian neighbors, Indonesians never fail to surprise the world with their use of social media. This goes especially for the first presidential vlog of Indonesia’s President, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. On February 4, President Jokowi, one of the many active Facebook users in Indonesia, began uploading 3 video blogs, or “vlogs,” to his Facebook and YouTube accounts as a way to communicate with his people through social media. In comparison to the number of global internet users increasing by 8% every year, Indonesia alone has...

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INDONESIA: Jakarta governor’s race heads to runoff, controversy

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – Thousands turned out in protest last month demanding the governor of Jakarta be locked up for allegedly insulting Islam. The governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known as Ahok, is in the middle of a tight reelection campaign that will finish in April. Voting results in the first round showed him in a leading position compared to other candidates but lacking the 50% or more needed for an outright win. Ahok now heads into a runoff with the runner up. Ahok’s trouble stems from an incident last October during a get-out-the-vote stop on a predominantly Muslim...

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THAILAND: BBC journalist faces defamation and cyber crime charges in Thailand

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – Jonathan Head, the South East Asia Correspondent for BBC News, is under the threat of serving up to five years of jail time in Thailand after a lawyer reported him for a criminal defamation. This charges are brought to Head after he reported on two foreign retirees who had been scammed out of their properties in Phuket by their wives in September 2015. Though Thailand’s law doesn’t permit foreigners to own a land, many foreigners get around it by placing properties in the name of a company they own or with locals they trust. Ian...

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