About Us

Public Service Journalism Initiative

Project Multatuli is a collective initiative dedicated to carrying out the ideals of public journalism by giving a voice to the voiceless, spotlighting the marginalized, and reporting on the underreported.

Our organization produces data-based, deeply researched news stories. Our work involves collaboration with other news organizations, research bodies, and civil society groups that strive for democracy, human rights, social justice, environmental sustainability, and equal rights for all.

Our work is available for syndication by local, national, and international media under a Creative Commons license.

We are writers, editors, filmmakers, photographers, data journalists, and digital campaign strategists, among others, who work based on the principles of independence, fairness, and accuracy.

We welcome funding opportunities from both the public and nonprofit foundations that share our vision of strengthening democracy, revealing systematic wrongdoings and injustice, and holding power accountable.

 

Why Multatuli?

Project Multatuli’s name comes from the Latin for “I have suffered much.”

The word is perhaps best known as the pen name of Eduard Douwes Dekker, the author of Max Havelaar, which Pramoedya Ananta Toer called “the book that killed colonialism.”

This is why we have chosen it as the name of our venture: a public interest journalism organization that seeks to empower those who have suffered much — the urban and rural poor, victims of sex and gender discrimination, indigenous peoples, and others — and to expose injustices that have, in many cases, changed little from colonial times.

 

Our Teams

Founders

Ahmad Arif

Journalist at Kompas daily. His work, mainly related to science, disasters, and the environment, has led him to receive numerous awards, including the 2008-2009 Mochtar Lubis Award from the Press and Development Study Institute (LSPP) and the Gold Medal from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) for the Ring of Fire Expedition Project. He has written several books, including Disaster Journalism, Journalism Disaster (KPG, 2010) and Indigenous People & Food Sovereignty (KPG and Kemitraan, 2021). Arif was a 2013-2014 Japan Foundation Fellow at Wako University.

Ary Hermawan

An editor at large at The Jakarta Post and former deputy director of Amnesty International Indonesia. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Arizona School of Journalism and has recently commenced a PhD program at the University of Melbourne.

Evi Mariani

Former managing editor at The Jakarta Post. Her collaborative projects won the 2020 Public Service Journalism Award from the Society of Publishers in Asia and the 2020 Tasrif Award from the AJI. She earned her master’s degree from Universiteit van Amsterdam and was a 2011-2012 Hubert Humphrey Fellow at the University of Maryland.

Fahri Salam

Editor at Tirto.id from December 2016 to July 2021. His collaborative projects won the 2020 Public Service Journalism Award from the Society of Publishers in Asia and the 2020 Tasrif Award from the Independent Journalists Alliance (AJI).

Board

Amalinda Savirani

Lecturer and the head of the Doctoral Program of Politics and Government at Universitas Gadjah Mada’s Faculty of Social and Political Sciences. She earned her PhD at the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Ati Nurbaiti

Served as a senior editor at The Jakarta Post for more than 20 years. Former chairwoman of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI). Cofounder of the Bung Hatta AntiCorruption Award.

Herlambang P. Wiratraman

Lecturer in the Constitutional Law Department of Airlangga University’s School of Law and executive director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law at the School of Law from 2015-2019. He is currently obtaining his PhD in law from Leiden University.

Maria Hartiningsih

Journalist at Kompas daily for 31 years, from 1984. In 2003 she received the Yap Thiem Hien Award for Human Rights. She laid the groundwork for gender sensitive journalism today.

Staff

Evi Mariani

Executive Director and Editor of Project Multatuli English

Former managing editor at The Jakarta Post. Her collaborative projects won the 2020 Public Service Journalism Award from the Society of Publishers in Asia and the 2020 Tasrif Award from the AJI. She earned her master’s degree from Universiteit van Amsterdam and was a 2011-2012 Hubert Humphrey Fellow at the University of Maryland.

Fahri Salam

Chief Editor

Editor at Tirto.id from December 2016 to July 2021. His collaborative projects won the 2020 Public Service Journalism Award from the Society of Publishers in Asia and the 2020 Tasrif Award from the Independent Journalists Alliance (AJI).

Mawa Kresna

Managing Editor

Former Chief Content Officer at Haluan. A journalist since 2013 at Merdeka.com, Rappler.com, and Tirto.id. The Editorial Manager at the Indonesian Data Journalism Network.

Yuliasri Perdani

Audience Development Consultant

A former multimedia and mobile journalism editor at The Jakarta Post, where she led a creative team for the Post’s interactive, multimedia special projects. She led a team that increased the Post’s Instagram engagement.

Zulfikar Arief

Digital Campaign Designer

Zulfikar worked as a graphic designer at Djakarta Magazine. In 2013, he became a freelance designer who was involved in festivals like the Jakarta Biennale (2013, 2015, 2017, 2021), the Jakarta Theater Festival (2016), the Jakarta International Literary Festival (2019), Synchronize Festival (2016, 2017, 2018), and more.

Ricky Yudhistira

Photo Editor

He has covered national issues as a photographer with The Jakarta Post, international issues as an assistant producer with Associated Press Television News, and local issues as a writer with Pikiran Rakyat. His photographs were published in a book entitled Headliners, which consisted of selected photographs that made the front page of The Jakarta Post newspaper during a 35-year span (1983-2018).

Viriya Singgih

Writer

Former reporter at Bloomberg News and The Jakarta Post, where he covered various beats, including energy and mining, macroeconomics, and politics. He wrote a book entitled Cramming Jakarta: The Center and Periphery in Reportage (2015).

Natalia Ivony

Business Development Manager

Recipient of the Chevening Award Scholarship 2019-2020 from the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office to pursue an MSc in Management and Entrepreneurship at the Cranfield School of Management. Country Analyst for a London-based education technology start-up.

Ellyne Hutajulu

Administration and Finance

Finished her undergraduate degree in economics at Universitas Advent Indonesia. Worked as Finance and Admin Coordinator at Yayasan Plan International Indonesia on its Disaster Risk Management Program. Works for the Indonesian Data Journalism Network (IDJN) as Finance and Admin Officer.

Collaborators

Alfa Gumilang

He initially browsed through social media to entertain himself, but it has now become his job. In 2016, he founded a collective called Amygdala Publicist, through which he has promoted movies for cinemas and digital platforms and has been involved in a number of film festivals, including the Madani Film Festival and the Indiskop Film Festival.

Karina M. Tehusijarana

Former deputy editor and reporter at The Jakarta Post, where she mostly covered politics, law, and human rights. Graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2016 with an MSc in Journalism.

Margareth S. Aritonang

A journalist at The Gecko Project. Margaret's works focus on Indonesian politics and policy making, human rights, and security affairs. A Chevening scholar with an MSc in Culture and Conflict in Global Europe from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Muammar Fikrie

A journalist at Beritagar.id for eight years. In 2020, he founded Arungkala, a content and digital campaign enterprise. He has handled several digital campaigns, including on parenting, anti-corruption movements, and environmental issues.

Sita Dewi

Journalism lecturer at Multimedia Nusantara University (UMN). Formerly deputy editor at The Jakarta Post. Graduated from the Australian National University in 2017 with a Master’s in Asia Pacific Studies.

Wan Ulfa Nur Zuhra

Founder of the Indonesian Data Journalism Network (IDJN). Her investigative work includes a story on mass sexual assault cases in Indonesian universities published on Tirto.id in 2019, which won a SOPA Award in 2020. As a Chevening scholar, she graduated from Birmingham City University in 2018 with an MA in Data Journalism.

Logo Design: Cecil Mariani
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Project Multatuli
Nomor Badan Hukum:
AHU-0014645.AH.01.04.TAHUN 2021 (Yayasan Jurnalisme Publik Indonesia)
AHU-0025479.AH.01.01.TAHUN 2021 (PT)
Alamat: Jl. Kebayoran Lama No. 18CD, RT.004/RW.004, Kel. Grogol Selatan,
Kec. Kebayoran Lama, Jakarta Selatan, Prov. DKI Jakarta
Email: [email protected], [email protected]