A quick update from our Jakarta team:
The big news in March was of course the trial of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, two Australians who were found guilty of heroin smuggling about ten years ago and have been on death row ever since. Early last month they were moved from their prison in Bali, where they’ve set up art and other programs to help fellow prisoners during their sentence, and where Sukumaran taught philosophy, English, and computer, to Nuskambangan Island, where they were due to be executed. Sadly for Chan and Sukumaran, the huge international outcry against this has come to naught so far, and their fight against execution is now in Indonesia’s constitutional court.
AsiaWorks provided an SNG truck and handled satellite operations for several broadcasters (mostly Australian, for obvious reasons) both at Cilacap/Nusakambangan Island, outside the Balinese prison where they were transferred from, and in our studios in Jakarta during the transfer.
In less harrowing news, and as far from thoughts of execution as you could get, our Jakarta team completed a series of cooking vignettes for Sriboga Flour, who are launching a product line aimed at consumers for the first time.
Other highlights of March were filming the Bloomberg-APRDI awards, which awarded the best in Indonesian fund management. Indonesia’s finance minister Bambang Brodjonegoro made a particularly engaging speech, which perked up the crowd somewhat.