Stories about Indonesia
Many citizens are criticizing the government for their seemingly inadequate response to the pandemic and lack of socio-economic support amid tightened COVID-19 restrictions.
On average in Bali, per capita, a tourist uses 3.5 times more plastic per day than a local resident.
These films feature the struggles of various communities across the Asia-Pacific region as they defend their lands, environment and cultural heritage.
"Unequal access to digitalization is our biggest problem. Internet users continue to grow, but in reality not all areas in Bali have adequate internet access."
"We use video to capture the social-economic reality of marginalised groups of society and use that footage to stimulate dialogue and learning."
"We hope to provide easy access for all Indonesian children to continue to develop their potential during difficult times like today."
"Not only are women at risk of contracting COVID-19, they are also exposed to an increased threat of sexual violence during the pandemic."
"Khairun University should support academic freedom and free expression, not expel students peacefully expressing their views."
"COVID-19 mini-wikithons provide a safe space for people to talk in their native Balinese language about their challenges and coping strategies of the pandemic in Balinese communities."
"We are the invisible hands. Our work is not valued. We don’t exist for the families we serve nor do we exist for the state."
One religious event held in March is suspected of causing virus outbreaks in 22 provinces, health authorities said.
"We risked our lives, but are paid less than is adequate. Hundreds of nurses faced pay cuts and their 13th-month salary was withheld."
"Let’s just stay at home. Let’s wash our hands diligently to protect our health and lives."
EngageMedia lists some of the media initiatives addressing the COVID-19 "Infodemic' across the Asia-Pacific region
"A lot of people are angry with parliamentarians as even doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers - the people on the front lines - are not being tested."
"The inspiration for the creation of the superhero character of Luh Ayu Manik Mas is the strong, tough and resilient Balinese women who themselves are like superheroes."
"I am surprised that immigration officials have taken such punitive action against Philip for what is an administrative matter."
Jaroni Surjomartono, an Indonesian scholar, arrived in Prague in 1963. He and hundreds of scholars were later banned from returning home after General Suharto rose to power.
#StandWithYuli: Solidarity for deported Indonesian domestic worker Yuli Riswati who covered Hong Kong protests
"We condemn this action which may be intended to intimidate non-permanent residents and deter them from involvement in or documenting and commenting on political events in Hong Kong."
"Melanesian governments cannot pay lip service to international conventions and commitments to democratic freedoms and in the same breath issue orders to clamp down on journalists' right to expression."