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Rio Tuasikal

I am a Journalist

Rio produces article, radio piece, and digital video.


After spending a year at VOA in Washington DC, he now back to Indonesia covering politics and minority groups. He also speaks to and trains youths in writing, media literacy, and multimedia production.

He received PPIA-VOA Broadcasting Fellowship in Washington DC and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Fellowship in Manila. A Chevening scholar, currently he is pursuing MA in Media and Communication at Goldsmiths, University of London.

  • London, UK / Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • riotuasikal@gmail.com
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  • Meet Muslim in Tagaytay, Philippines

    Meet Muslim in Tagaytay, Philippines


    Text and photo by Rio Tuasikal


    Abu Bakar Hajiali (39) and Ismail Adapun (37)


    At first, they were staring at us, strangely. 

    "Assalamualaikum," said Rudi of Thailand.

    Then we knew we are one muslim family, broke any border of our 3 different nationalities.

    We got 30 minutes preaching in arabic and Tagalog here in a small mosque in Tagaytay City, the Philippines, a week ago. Muslim community here is not so big, maybe only 50 families.
    Originally from Mindanao, now mostly of them work in a market near the mosque.

    They are really humble and friendly.


     
     
     

    Sakareeya (grey) and Foon (black) talked to two muslim boys.
    Upin Ipin of the Philippines!
  • Riding Tricycle in the Philippines

    Riding Tricycle in the Philippines


    Riding tricycle in Tagaytay is adventurous. Tthe driver brings you to the rollercoaster experience of public transportation.

    Me and John Badawi from the Philippines were riding a tricycle in Tagaytay City, Philippines. We were back going back to Mariapolis. 

    Tricycle is looks like becak motor in Medan, Indonesia.


  • When ASEAN Youths Have Nothing to Hate

    When ASEAN Youths Have Nothing to Hate



    For YSEALI delegates from Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines



    "Miiiiiiissssss Thailanddd!"

    I still remember the way Sahadam Waeyusoh, one Thai delegate, yelling the phrase. His intonation  never failed to initiate laughter among us. Also, the way he was being crowned as a fake Miss Universe 2015. He's the King of Joker isn't it?

    Five days of togetherness in Mariapolis, Tagaytay, Philippines, has proved that youths of the region have nothing to hate from differences. We are 30 in total, consists of 10 delegates each from  Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand. Most of us are students, and also activists, teacher, and journalists that have one same paradigm on how we celebrate our unsimilarities.

    I remember the way I started learning Tagalog from Maan, one facilitator from the Focolare Movement.

    "Magandang umaga is good morning," she explained in the airport. "What is good morning in bahasa?"

    "Selamat pagi," I said.

    "Selamat? Salamat here in the Philippines is thank you."

    It is really beautiful that Maan and I were really excited everytime we found similar words between our native languages. Why didn't we debate on differences between umaga and pagi? Yes, the conversation told me the very essence of dialogue: find common ground.

    Other participants also do the same. I remember when Thai delegates sing a melayu song from Indonesia band Wali or a pop song from duo T2. Also, we were trying to patiently listen to each other, and usually just smile if some of us mistakenly use the wrong English grammar. Here, prejudice and stigma do not exist.

    We even made a fake beauty pageant consists of miss Thailand, miss Philippines, and miss Indonesia. See the video below! We came as strangers, and ended up as one ASEAN family.

    Our friendship is the best start in building peace across ASEAN. Let's understand that our relation won't stop violence in various areas automatically. Now it is the time for us to once again convince people to choose the same paradigm---by our campaign.

    Let's tell them our experience about friendship, fraternity, and peace in Tagaytay City. Then let people feel that peace is beautiful.

    One peaceful ASEAN maybe not for us. Maybe it is for our children, or grandchildren. But the decision is in our generation.

    Good luck for the national peace project, guys.***


    Picture is from Ave
  • Media Amerika Gagal Sembunyikan Sentimennya

    Media Amerika Gagal Sembunyikan Sentimennya


    Untuk Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor dan Razan Mohammad Abu-Sahla


    Tiga mahasiswa muslim amerika tewas di Chapel Hill setelah ditembak tetangganya (hanya karena masalah parkir?) dan media sekaliber CNN baru menulis kejadian tersebut 19 jam setelahnya.

    Ada tanda tanya besar yang perlu diberikan pada grup media yang berbasis di Atlanta, Amerika Serikat ini. Betulkah jurnalis CNN kesulitan mengakses lokasi kejadian, atau memang pembunuhan ini dianggap tidak punya nilai berita?

    Kita memang tak bisa membandingkan penembakan Chapel Hill ini dengan penembakan Charlie Hebdo di Paris. Sebab peristiwa Paris menyerang redaksi sebuah media, dan karenanya terhubung dengan isu kebebasan berbicara, sehingga jadi urusan antar-negara. Sementara penembakan Chapel Hill sampai saat ini dianggap sebagai urusan antar-tetangga, dan polisi belum menemukan motif kebencian agama dalam kasus ini.

    Tapi bukankah nyawa manusia tetap nyawa, dan pembunuhan tetap pembunuhan? Bukankah kedua peristiwa ini harus dibingkai sama dalam sebuah berita?

    Ya, media amerika kini mengejar ketertinggalan. Mereka sudah menulis berita penembakan yang menewaskan tiga mahasiswa yang sering ikut acara amal itu. Tapi seberapa keras pun media amerika mencoba menulis beritanya, mereka gagal menyembunyikan sentimen mereka terhadap Islam dan muslim–disengaja atau tidak.

    Dalam penembakan Charlie Hebdo, misalnya, CNN menyebut pelaku sebagai teroris. Tapi dalam kasus ini, CNN menyebut pelaku hanya seorang pria. Padahal semua pelaku psikopat yang sama-sama memakai senjata. Padahal semua pelaku sama-sama gila dan barbar yang telah menghilangkan nyawa. Jika pelakunya muslim, identitas agamanya langsung disorot. Jika pelakunya bukan muslim, dianggap kriminal biasa. Hal ini menunjukkan standar ganda mereka.

    Jangan lupa: media Barat juga gagal menunjukkan konsistensi mereka atas nilai berita, ketika meliput rakyat Palestina dan Rohingya di Myanmar. Para jurnalisnya gagal melepaskan jaket pengalaman subjektif mereka, dan mengemas fakta lewat jaring prasangka.

    Saya muslim, tapi saya tidak ingin membela Deah, Yusor, dan Razan hanya karena mereka sesama muslim. Saya enggan terjebak pada masalah identitas, yang bisa menyeret saya pada ajang balas dendam secara religio-politis.

    Saya muslim, saya mengutuk pembunuhan atas motif apa pun–dan saya menyesalkan media amerika yang bertindak menebalkan prasangka, juga melakukan rediskriminasi lewat instrumen jurnalisme.***
  • Berita Bakteri

    Berita Bakteri


    Untuk para penonton televisi


    Jumat siang pekan lalu, Metro TV mengarahkan lampu sorotnya pada makanan berbahaya–reporternya laporan live dari pabrik kulit sapi busuk di Bandung, lalu mewawancarai Kasatreskrim. Di studio, Metro TV menghadirkan dokter gizi dan menelepon Kepala BPOM. Kasus sapi ini diulik sekitar satu jam.

    Pangan selanjutnya seperti kebetulan saja. Kementerian Perdagangan menyatakan ada apel jenis granny smith dan gala asal California, Amerika Serikat, yang tercemar bakteri Listeria monocytogenes. Bakteri itu bisa menyebabkan mual, diare, dan flu pada manusia. Kementerian menyatakan sedang melakukan operasi pasar mencari apel-apel itu.

    Selang sepekan, perhatian kita bergeser (atau digeser?) ke sandang. Masih dari Kementerian Perdagangan yang kali ini memperingatkan masyarakat akan bahaya baju impor bekas yang–lagi-lagi–berbakteri. Kementerian mengklaim ada 210 ribu bakteri berkoloni di baju itu. Kementerian menyatakan baju-baju ini diselundupkan lewat jalur gelap, dan tidak bisa dikontrol jika terlajur beredar di pasaran.

    Awal pekan ini, Menteri Perdagangan, Rachmat Gobel, menyatakan, pakaian impor bekas bisa menimbulkan gatal kulit dan, eh, menularkan HIV? Well, yang ini sungguh menggelikan. Gobel sudah meralatnya melalui akun Twitter @RachmatGobel, Rabu.

    Kamis siang, 64 siswa sekolah dasar di Tasikmalaya dirujuk ke rumah sakit setelah keracunan jajanan bersaus. Mereka mengaku jajan 'ciken' yang dicocolkan pada saus tanpa merk. Para korban mengeluh mual-mual, sakit perut, muntah, dan pusing.

    Ini semua penting, betul, dan menyangkut masyarakat secara langsung. Tidak mengherankan bila masyarakat dibuat was-was dengan bakteri-bakteri yang sedang hobi masuk ke dalam negeri. Apalagi mereka bersekuel dari produk satu ke produk lainnya.

    Tapi betulkah semuanya mengkhawatirkan sedemikian rupa? Bukankah kejadian-kejadian ini terus terjadi tapi tidak pernah disorot selebay ini–ibarat sinetron bersambung dua pekan tiada henti?

    Ketika Metro TV laporan live dari Bandung soal kulit sapi busuk, calon Kapolri Budi Gunawan yang diduga menerima suap mangkir dari panggilan KPK, dan Budi Waseso dipanggil Komnas HAM atas dugaan pelanggaran ketika menangkap Wakil Ketua KPK Bambang Widjojanto.

    Sementara kita sibuk soal apel dan baju impor, dua institusi penegak hukum KPK dan Polri sedang kisruh. Lalu tanpa sadar kita melupakan agenda politik besar yang sedang berkelahi.

    Selalu ada orang yang tidak ingin masyarakat mengawasi, sehingga mereka bisa memainkan hukum–juga politik dan media massa–sesuka hati! Mohon hati-hati!***
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