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Tuesday, February 21 2017

JFCC book launch: “The Loner, President Yuhoyono’s Decade of Trial and Indecision” by journalist John McBeth


Dear JFCC Members and Friends,


“The Loner, President Yuhoyono’s Decade of Trial and Indecision” is journalist John McBeth’s warts-and-all assessment of Indonesia’s sixth and first directly-elected president, which will be launched at a special event next Tuesday, February 21, at the Raffles Hotel. It reflects on the many interesting issues of his decade in power, which did not receive the sustained media attention they deserved. It is as much a record of those years as it is of Yudhoyono’s leadership itself, covering everything from natural disasters and fuel subsidies to terrorism, corruption, resource nationalism and a bank scandal that, for many people, marked a significant turning point in the retired general’s once-promising presidency.


About the author:

Born in New Zealand, John McBeth has spent 44 years of his 52-year journalistic career in Asia, first as a sub-editor on the Bangkok Post and later as a Bangkok-based freelance reporter. He joined the Far Eastern Economic Review in 1979 and for the next 25 years served as the magazine’s bureau chief in Bangkok, Seoul, Manila and Jakarta. When the Review closed in 2004, he was hired as a contract columnist for the Straits Times, writing mostly on Indonesian affairs. At 72, he remains one of the longest serving foreign correspondents in the region and is a former president of the JFCC.


Please join the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club for book launch at The Writers Bars, Raffles. John will sign books after making introductory remarks and Q&A.

Attendees can enjoy special deal from Raffles: buy 1 get 1 on beverages and 20% discount for food.

Day / Date             : Tuesday, February 21 2017

Time                        : 7PM- End

Venue                      : The Writers Bar, Raffles Hotel Jakarta, Ciputra World 1, Jl. Prof. Dr. Satrio Kav 3-5,   Jakarta 12940

RSVP                        : admin@jfcc.info or 021 2985 8007

Entrance Fee          : IDR 50.000 (members)

                                    IDR 100.000 (non-members)


The JFCC Executive Committee

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