Mr President: Apart from professional help, you need honest feedback

Even the usually mild-mannered Endy Bayuni was forced earlier this week to rant against the President and his team’s egregious handling of the Coronavirus outbreak in the usually tepid The Jakarta Post. He counseled seeking professional help instead of relying on amateurs for something as serious and critical as the matter staring us in theContinue reading “Mr President: Apart from professional help, you need honest feedback”

Kurawa, Big Media, and the GoodBener who would be president

A battle royale is raging on Twitter between established online media houses including kompas.com, kumparan.com and professional buzzer @Kurawa and so far there have been threats of legal suits, applying the Draconian UU ITE and others. The story unfolded on January 5 when Rudy Valinka, aka @kurawa, tweeted an accusation against Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan forContinue reading “Kurawa, Big Media, and the GoodBener who would be president”

Something amiss about the Government’s handling of demonstrations

There is something amiss in the Government’s handling of the demonstrations that have taken place in at least nine cities over the past week. It is at best, half-hearted and amateurish; at worst, grist for a conspiracy theorist’s mill. Contrast this week’s handling of protests with that of how it handled the protests surrounding theContinue reading “Something amiss about the Government’s handling of demonstrations”

Will The Indonesian Government end up like the one in Hong Kong – reviled, untrusted and ineffectual?

Communications, or lack of, is digging the government into a bigger hole than it is in because of issues surrounding the amends to the KPK and criminal Code laws, Papua, forest fires and the president’s family. With public sentiment at best skeptical at worst critical of the government, communications can make the difference between people’sContinue reading “Will The Indonesian Government end up like the one in Hong Kong – reviled, untrusted and ineffectual?”

Maverick’s views on the Garuda fiasco

This is what I co-wrote with my colleague Marsha Imaniara on the fiasco surrounding Garuda after it issued a circular banning passengers from taking photos and video clips on board its airplanes. https://m.kumparan.com/marsha-imaniara-1563432131140003103/alasan-garuda-indonesia-terjepit-akibat-menu-tulis-tangan-1rUXfXMLbKX?utm_source=Mobilesite&utm_medium=copy-to-clipboard&utm_campaign=Share And this is the English version in the Maverick blog https://maverick.co.id/the-reason-why-garudas-in-a-tight-spot-over-hand-written-menu/

The Monsanto Dossier case puts stakeholder mapping on back footing

It is now being dubbed by the Press as the Monsanto Dossier case, where a usual public affairs practice – stakeholder mapping – is perceived as a crime and a sinister move that violates privacy. The context: Bayer had hired international PR/PA firms FlieshmanHillard (FH) and Publicis Consultants for public affairs work for its pestisideContinue reading “The Monsanto Dossier case puts stakeholder mapping on back footing”

Brown Jesus says Happy Easter

Good writing is hard to come by, so what we do with recruits at my workplace is to teach them to write well. Being a former journalist and being one who writes moderately well, the task fell on Unspun to conduct the class. Being a firm believer that writing is a reflection of your mentalContinue reading “Brown Jesus says Happy Easter”

Leica ad draws heat in China for a photo shot by a Nikon

The advertisement below is dramatic to say the least. It depicts how journalists risk their lives to bring us the images that will change the world. One of the most iconic images in the world is one shot in Tiananmen  Square on June 4 1989 when a lone man carrying shopping bags stopped a columnContinue reading “Leica ad draws heat in China for a photo shot by a Nikon”

The Biden affair: emerging stock phrases for harassment allegations?

Since the #MeToo movement, one of the dreaded developments for male politicians in America must be to be accused of inappropriate behavior toward women colleagues. Former US Vice President Joe Biden was accused last week of “inappropriate behavior” by a Nevada politician. She said he tried to kiss the back of her head. This wasContinue reading “The Biden affair: emerging stock phrases for harassment allegations?”