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Title: Hegemony of Violence. "Power Politics and the Indonesian Military" by Damien Kingsbury and "Politics and the Press in Indonesia: Understanding an Evolving Political Culture" by Angela Romano. [review]
Authors: Martinkus, John
Keywords: Australian
Book Reviews
Publishing
John Martinkus
Java
West Papua
Maluku Selatan
Riau
Kalimantan
President Megawati
martial law
GAM Free Aceh movement
Acehnese
Bali bombing
Alexander Downer
Ashton Calvert
Robert Hill
Kopassus
Brimob
Tempo magazine
Goenawan Mohamad
Unitary Republic of Indonesia
Banda Aceh
Orwellian
Kopkamtib
Issue Date: Sep-2003
Publisher: Australian Book Review
Citation: Martinkus, John 2003. Hegemony of Violence. Review of "Power Politics and the Indonesian Military" by Damien Kingsbury and "Politics and the Press in Indonesia: Understanding an Evolving Political Culture" by Angela Romano. 'Australian Book Review', No 254, September, 44.
Series/Report no.: No 254
Abstract: Damien Kingsbury witnessed the 1999 violence in East Timor as a UN observer, and uses the experience of being confronted with the Indonesian military’s campaign of violence there to introduce what is the most frank assessment of the Indonesian military we are likely to see outside of confidential intelligence reports. The fact that Kingsbury has experienced the fear the Indonesian military instils in places like Aceh and Ambon makes this analysis of the role of the military there so important. Romano uses her surveys of journalists in Java between 1996 and 1998 as the basis for her book on Indonesian journalism. Romano examines the culture of the ‘envelope’, one of the problems that has thrived after the collapse of the New Order. Reading the restrictions placed on journalists in the Suharto era, followed by the relatively liberal Habibie and Wahid eras, one can’t help but be struck by how press freedom has regressed under Megawati — back to the values encompassed in the Pancasila press and promoted by the military.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2328/538
ISSN: 0155-2864
Appears in Collections:No 254 - September, 2003

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