Devianti Faridz is a Freelance Broadcast Journalist in Jakarta. She had worked as a News Correspondent at a Singapore based regional broadcaster, Channel NewsAsia. Prior to that, she served as Producer for several English news programs, as well as a Bahasa Indonesia tourism program on Metro TV, Indonesia’s 24 hour news channel, from 2005 to 2012. One of her roles during her stint in Metro TV include launching an English News magazine program called “Indonesia Now”, an internationally distributed weekly program which provides stories from across Indonesia. She was previously an anchor and journalist for Televisi Republik Indonesia and Voice of America-Indonesia Service in Washington D.C., USA. Devianti has covered a wide range of stories, ranging from current affairs, politics, and social issues. Among her memorable assignments were covering the plight of young Indonesian boat crew members who were detained in Australian prisons after being deceived by human traffickers as well as the Air Asia flight 8501 crash in late 2014. Throughout her career, she had interviewed a variety of public figures including Indonesian Presidents Joko Widodo and President Abdurrachman Wahid, Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as well as Chef and TV Personality Bobby Chinn. She has won several accolades for herself and her programme namely including Australia’s Elizabeth O Neill Award 2011 and Indonesia’s Culture and Tourism Ministry Award for Best Tourism TV program. Devianti is a Fulbright scholar and graduated from University of Missouri, USA with a Master of Arts in Broadcast Journalism. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Communications Design from Trisakti University. She is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia and English. For leisure, she enjoys watching movies and is actively involved in an organization that encourages cultural exchange.
Jakarta is putting a stop to street monkey performances, known locally as "topeng monyet". The city's administration has begun rounding up the monkeys, and has sent them for health checks.
Travelling at night alone can be an unsettling experience for many women throughout Asia - and in Jakarta, a recent poll survey showed that the Indonesian capital has one of the most unsafe transportation systems for women in the world. However, most crimes go unreported.
Besides being a month of self-reflection and prayer, Ramadan is often considered a good time to strengthen ties between friends and family. Sending gifts to relatives is the norm and some entrepreneurs in Indonesia are turning it into a money making venture.
Modern bakeries make use high-tech machines for greater efficiency, and come up with new creations to keep customers coming.
Manoeuvring through rush hour traffic in a city which has some of the world's worst traffic jams is a challenge for millions of residents living in Jakarta. So companies offering transport services to the public via smartphone applications are a welcome alternative. However, the service these companies provide falls into a grey area in existing regulations for public transport as motorcycles are considered private vehicles. Critics cite passenger safety and security as one of the reasons for the objection.
Hundreds of family members of the victims of AirAsia flight QZ8501 gathered at the East Java Police Headquarters in Surabaya on Monday to commemorate the first anniversary of the crash. Family members of passengers who died asked what AirAsia was doing to prevent a similar crash from happening again.
Indonesia was planning to send home hundreds of Bangladeshi migrants from Aceh, some of whom claimed to have been kidnapped and held for ransom.
As the world marks World Day Against Child Labour 2015 on Friday (Jun 12), Indonesia's Manpower Ministry says it plans to phase out all forms of child labour in seven years.
Indonesians married to foreign nationals may one day be able to own a property without a prenuptial agreement, as a group of mixed-nationality couples are fighting for a change to the existing law that disallows them from doing so.
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