Update: the Jakchatters, especially Kukukukacha seem to have got their knickers in a twist over this posting, aying that Unspun is displaying racist tendencies and being unethical (question: if anything that appears on Jakchat is supposed to be private, why don’t you make the forum private, for members only?) Amuse yourselves and be disgusted by misogynistic males here.
One of the contributors of the Globe, Aulia, has also Twittered/messaged Unspun to say that he’s been paid for all his work, and Simon has posted comments below to say that the check’s now in the mail).
The International Herald Trubune has carried a story on James Riady’s decision to launch The Jakarta Globe in such troubled times. Read it here.
But what’s also equally interesting is that Jakchat has the Metro Mad columnnist Simon Pitchforth complaining that he hasn’t been paid for two months now. Simon moved his column from the Jakarta Post to the Jakarta Globe some time ago and he’s now wondering if he’s made the right move. Read here. (Thanks for the tipoff in the comments to the last posting, BBill)
Not one to tell one side of the story only Unspun has Twittered the Jakarta Globe, which has been extremely active on Twitter, posting reports, sports matches etc. let’s see if they will use Twitter for answering queries from their readers as well.
In the meantime Unspun‘s been told that Gita Wirjawan, the co-chairman of Ancora Capital, was also not too happy with being a columnist at the Globe and has decamped to the Post. Unspun supposes that money is not the issue with Gita, who probably thought he woudl have a better audience with The Post. He started appearing in the Post last week writing about Black Swans, if Unspun is not mistaken.