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Jakarta Post

COVID-19 made us do the impossible: Print remotely

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, March 26 2020   /  12:12 am

The newspaper you’re holding in your hands marks a first in The Jakarta Post’s 37 year history.

The Post's editorial team has seen it all, from the May 1998 riots, the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in the Indian Ocean and the deadly flooding in 2013 that submerged much of Jakarta, to the New Order government’s threat to shut us down entirely.

None of those historic events brought significant disruption to our production process. But COVID-19 is a danger that we cannot take lightly.

When the Jakarta city administration declared a state of emergency and ordered companies to allow employees to work from home, we followed the directive and had reporters and editors work remotely. Also, to comply with the government's encouragement of physical distancing, we urged reporters to prioritize their health and safety at the expense of direct access to sources.

But one ma...