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Jakarta Post

Silence from Anies, City Hall has journalists questioning administration's transparency

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 22, 2019   /  08:01 am
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Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan leads a ceremony in National Monument (Monas) area in Central Jakarta on Sept. 17 to commemorate National Transportation Day. (JP/Rafaela Chandra)

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has left journalists wondering about his commitment to information transparency, as he has been unavailable for journalists in the two weeks since the start of his second year in office. The governor's media team customarily shares his daily schedule with journalists at City Hall through a WhatsApp group. However, no updates have been provided in the past few weeks, leaving reporters wondering about the city’s latest developments and lacking confirmation on the Jakarta administration’s programs. Since Oct. 4, City Hall has revealed only three of the governor's activities, namely the second phase of the construction of bike lanes and their launch on Oct. 12, a press conference on Anies' second year in office on Oct. 15 and Jakarta's Public Third Room photo exhibition on Saturday.  Though much of Anies...