Lily Yulianti Farid

Dr Lily Yulianti Farid is an Indonesian journalist, communication specialist, and researcher, and is the founder and director of the Makassar International Writers Festival. She completed her PhD at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Melbourne, in 2015.

Indonesians’ lack of interest in reading is well documented – a recent study put the country in 60th position out of 61 countries in terms of interest in reading. But is anyone doing anything to address the reading crisis? Dr Lily Yulianti Farid, founder and director of the Makassar International Writers Festival, takes a look at what is being done – and what should be done – to make reading more fun.

With the official naming of the next President still six days away, Indonesian “netizens” concerned about election honesty have taken activism to a new level, uploading raw “real count” data and tallying it themselves. Lily Yulianti Farid explains.

While most major media and expert pundits say Joko Widodo will be the next Indonesian President, Prabowo Subianto is also claiming victory tonight. Lily Yulianti Farid reports.

With the result too close to call, it’s is all down to the momentum the rival candidates can summon up in the home stretch. Lily Yulianti Farid summarises the latest polls.