Heroes Need Not Apply

In June 2004 Indonesian authorities expelled Sidney Jones, the Jakarta-based Southeast Asia director of the International Crisis Group, from the country. While the government gave no official reason, it was no secret that Jones, an American, had riled Indonesia's armed forces with her reports on the military's actions in the provinces of Aceh and Papua. The ban was lifted after Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, running on a reform platform, was elected President in September of that year. Says Jones: "When we came back, we were told that everything was all right and that all problems had been resolved."


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