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In Fighting Radicalism, We Must Go Beyond Censorship

Christina Goggi/Flickr
Christina Goggi/Flickr

by: Harry Febrian

this article was first published in The Jakarta Post

The government’s move to ban websites allegedly promoting radical views should come as no surprise. After being bombarded by several extremist-related problems, such as the group of Indonesians who attempted to cross over to Syria via Turkey and the broadcast of videos in the Malay language used to woo Indonesians to join the Islamic State (IS) movement, the government was forced to do something.

It has been somewhat of a pattern. Whenever signs of radicalism arise, the government reacts. But sadly, oftentimes it only shows that the government lacks the initiative to fight the radicals and can only generate hasty and reactive moves. Continue reading “In Fighting Radicalism, We Must Go Beyond Censorship”

Inside Gaokao


I’ve first heard about gaokao when I accidentally stumbled upon an article that showed some photos about it. It was visually attractive and, at the same time–provocative, I guess. When I asked some friends to guess what the photos were about, the answers showed how unfamiliar was the idea of  Gaokao for people outside of China. Some said that it is a picture of people celebrating music idols, another said that it was about the bad transportation system in China.

I, too, found the picture amusing. In every country–and Indonesia is not an exception– college admission is a very stressful event. It draws a lot of attention. But, none are like gaokao. Many western media tried to compare it with the SAT as the sole criterion for student to enter universities, but the similarity probably ends there. The stakes, the pressure, the meaning for the society, looks like it was at the entirely different level. Continue reading “Inside Gaokao

A Year in Review

Well, so here we are: the first day of 2015.

It surely came fast, but the old chapter had finished indeed, and time for a new one has arrived. Cannot say that I’m one hundred percent ready, but what can I do but to except?

Looking back for a while, the second half of 2014 had been nice toward me. Finished my master degree, came back to Indonesia, started a new relationship, got a new job, celebrating christmas with friends, spent the end of year with beloved family. It’s kind of a paid off for all the struggle in the first half of the year, especially the boredom that engulfed me during and after my thesis was done.

I cannot, however, say that I was satisfied yet this year. Just like a writing, I think there’s still much room for improvements. Some unnecessary word to omit, some sentences to be changed, some paragraphs to re-arranged. Some typos to be corrected. Some important facts to be added. Basically: a lot of things to be done better.

To put it another way, 2014 has gave me a good time to think about myself more. It gave me chance to stumble without falling to hard, yet at the same time, an opportunity to fly higher without much to be risked. Such a privilege, and I doubt this will repeat in 2015, at least in such degree.

I think it’s time for me to be more serious.

I have several big dreams that I need to achieve, and considering how time goes faster as you’re getting older, it surely not a good time to make a mess. So to boil it down what this new year mean for me. It’s simple:

Hope to draft a better life this year.

Happy new year!

“Jurnalisme” Obor Rakyat

Anne Ahira

Oleh: Harry Febrian

(Dimuat di situs Satu Harapan, 23 Juni 2014)

Belakangan ini linimassa di media sosial seperti Facebook dan Twitter cukup ramai dengan masalah tabloid Obor Rakyat. Ini sebuah publikasi tak jelas yang mendadak dikirimkan ke berbagai tempat yang merasa tidak pernah memesannya. Mulai dari Bandung, Kediri, hingga Madiun. Sejumlah pesantren juga jadi sasaran. Ambil contoh Ponpes Ulumul Quran. Menurut pimpinannya, Munir Abas, yang juga Ketua Pimpinan Cabang Nahdlatul Ulama Kabupaten Bekasi, tabloid itu datang begitu saja tanpa jelas siapa pengirimnya.


“Sangat mengadu domba, menyebar fitnah, dan kebencian,” kata Munir. Continue reading ““Jurnalisme” Obor Rakyat”