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January 2, 2021, 05.22 AM

The decree came after more than a month of tensions with the group following the return of their firebrand chief Rizieq Shihab from his exile in Saudi Arabia. The latter culminated in a standoff at a toll road outside Jakarta last December, that left six FPI members dead.


Indonesian Broadcasting Stalwart Inke Maris Passes Away

2020 ended on a sad note for Indonesian broadcasting, after veteran TV journalist Inke Maris passed away on Thursday evening, or New Year’s Eve. The former TVRI state television anchor passed away at the age of 72 in Jakarta’s Medistra Hospital, where she has been hospitalized for a stroke.

Also known as Maria Dinariati, the Leicester University alumnus first cut her teeth in Broadcasting as a radio announcer on BBC’s Indonesian Service in 1971. She stayed on the job for 12 years until she joined TVRI’s English News Service in 1983.

As a pioneer in English speaking broadcasting in Indonesia, she interviewed global personages of the day like then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Palestinian Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat, and Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Aside from broadcasting, Inke was also the founder and CEO of Inke Maris and Associates, a firm which moved in media consulting, public relations and education. She was also known for her premise that “anchors should also be good journalists,” to make them effective interviewers.

Inke’s work earned her accolades over the years, most recently the New York City-based International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Foundation (The IWEC Foundation) in November 2020. She is survived by her husband Rizal Maris and her three children.


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