REVIEW: How Indonesia’s political system has ‘failed’ minorities like Papuans

Keywords: human rights, Indonesia, journalism, reviews, West Papua


Race, Islam and Power: Ethnic and Religious Violence in Post-Suharto Indonesia, by Andreas Harsono. Melbourne: Monash University Publishing. 2019. 288 pages. ISSN 978-1-925835-09-0.

THIS PASSIONATE book is something of a cross between an inspired political travelogue, journalistic catalogue of insights into suffering and a cathartic defence of human rights. Published on the eve of the Indonesian national elections on 17 April 2019 and barely a month after the Christchurch mosque massacre, from a Pacific perspective Race, Islam and Power is also an impeccably timed analysis of how the centralised political system has failed many of the country’s 264 million people – especially minorities and those at the margins, such as in West Papua.


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Author Biography

David Robie, Pacific Media Centre, Auckland University of Technology

Editor of Pacific Journalism Review and Professor of Communication Studies and Journalism

School of Communication Studies

Auckland University of Technology


Harsono, A. (2019). Personal communication with the author, Jakarta, 15 April 2019.

Jenderal di balik Jokowi-Prabowo dinilai sarat kepentigan (2019, April 12). CNN Indonesia. Retrieved from

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How to Cite
Robie, D. (2019). REVIEW: How Indonesia’s political system has ‘failed’ minorities like Papuans. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 25(1&2), 297-300.