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Jakarta Post

RI has reasons for optimism despite democratic setbacks

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 11 2019   /  12:28 am
Freedom of speech: The Jakarta Post presents a panel discussion called "Whither RI Democracy?" featuring Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) executive director Philips J. Vermonte (left) and Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid (center) moderated by the Post's deputy editor-in-chief M. Taufiqurrahman at GoWork Plaza Indonesia, Central Jakarta, on Tuesday.(JP/Dionnasius Aditya)(CSIS) executive director Philips J. Vermonte (left) and Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid (center) moderated by the Post's deputy editor-in-chief M. Taufiqurrahman at GoWork Plaza Indonesia, Central Jakarta, on Tuesday.(JP/Dionnasius Aditya)

Freedom of speech: The Jakarta Post presents a panel discussion called "Whither RI Democracy?" featuring Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) executive director Philips J. Vermonte (left) and Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid (center) moderated by the Post's deputy editor-in-chief M. Taufiqurrahman at GoWork Plaza Indonesia, Central Jakarta, on Tuesday.(JP/Dionnasius Aditya)While Indonesia’s budding democracy has faced a number of problems over the past year, there are still many reasons to be optimistic about the country’s democratic trajectory, observers have said.Activists and experts have often highlighted what they consider to be the declining quality of democracy in Indonesia, as indicated by worsening scores in the Freedom House and Economist Intelligence Unit democracy indexes as well as Statistic Indonesia’s (BPS) Democracy Ind...