About Ross Tapsell

Dr Ross Tapsell is a lecturer in Asian Studies at the Australian National University. He researches the media in Indonesia.

Indonesia

Questions begin to stir on Indonesia’s death penalty policy

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A select few Indonesian scholars, journalists and activists are urging a rethink of the country’s policy of the death penalty, writes ROSS TAPSELL. Since Indonesia’s transition to democracy began in 1998 journalists have been able to comment on and criticise government policies. But during time spent in Indonesia’s main newsrooms since January as part of […]

Indonesia

Oligarch puppet or people’s choice? —the rise and rise of Joko Widodo

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Scholars divide over whether the Jokowi ‘phenomenon’ represents a victory for Indonesia’s media oligarchs, or a serious challenge to them, writes ROSS TAPSELL. This year, Indonesia elected a new president, Joko Widodo (popularly known as Jokowi). He catapulted from mayor of Solo in 2005, to Jakarta governor in 2012, to president in 2014. Not part […]