Ardi Wirdana

Ardi Wirdana is a Jakarta-based journalist covering a variety of topics including business, policy, and news in Indonesia.

Indonesian Government Tries to Reduce Rice Dependency

With Indonesia’s rice consumption higher than its regional neighbours, the government says it will be making efforts to reduce dependency on rice by promoting other...

More than 530 Sharia Offenders Publicly Flogged in Aceh since 2015

Since Aceh enacted a new Islamic criminal code in October 2015, more than 530 people have been publicly flogged, including hundreds of men and women punished for...

Authorities Slam Halal Whiskey Photos on Social Media

Pictures of “halal whiskey” have gone viral online in Indonesia, following the Indonesian government’s decision to revoke the authority of the Indonesian Ulema...

47 Indonesians Face Deportation Under Strict Trump Immigration Policy

The fate of 47 deportation-bound Indonesian Christians in the US hangs in the balance as a judge handling the case is unsure how much longer she can delay the move by...

US Offers No Explanation over Indonesia Military Chief Boarding Trouble

The US ambassador has apologized, but not offered an explanation, for the incident in which Indonesia’s military chief was barred from boarding a flight to the US, the...

Two Indonesian Airports Won Awards for Service Quality

The Airport Council International (ACI) has given Airport Service Quality Awards to two Indonesian airports: Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar and...

International Activist Calls for End to Indonesia Dog and Boar Fights

Staged fights between dogs and captured wild boars, which is a traditional form of entertainment in rural areas of West Java, must be condemned and stopped, animal...

Indonesia looks to target more Chinese tourists with 10 New Sites like Bali

With more Chinese travellers turning to Indonesia for their vacation, China is set to overtake Singapore as Indonesia’s biggest market this year. The Indonesian...

U.S. Knew about and Supported 1965 PKI Murders, Documents Reveal

A set of newly declassified documents reveal that the U.S. government had detailed knowledge the Indonesian Army was conducting a campaign of mass murder against the...

Fashionistas, Gear Up for Jakarta Fashion Week 2018

Fashion enthusiasts get ready! Jakarta will welcome up to 175 local and international designers who will be showcasing their latest collections in Jakarta Fashion Week...

‘Hysterical’ AirAsia Indonesia Flight Crew Caused Panic in Flight Fall

AirAsia Indonesia flight attendants on a flight from Perth to Bali on Sunday have been criticised by passengers for allegedly screaming in fear when the plane dropped...

Is Jakarta a Dangerous City?

Jakarta is deemed one of the most dangerous major cities, after it was ranked 57 out of a total of 60 cities in a Safe Cities Index compiled by The Economist...

Most of Bali’s Tourist Sites Safe to Visit

Most of Bali’s popular tourist destinations will still be safe even if Mount Agung erupts, the Bali Tourism Board has assured. Although Mount Agung has continued to...

SIM Card Owners Must Register Identity or Face Consequences, Ministry Says

All prepaid SIM card owners in Indonesia will soon have to register their identities with their mobile number or face service suspension, the government warns. The new...

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