My point still stands. This is news not because of the action, conditions or victims but because of the PLACE. Happen anywhere else? We wouldn't even know it had happened. Happened in Aceh? Clearly a sign of a violent culture, despite the whole province having ten murders all year long.
So Aceh is a province of 4 million people, roughly the size of a modest city. Jakarta has a larger population and is, naturally much more densely populated. Last year, it experienced about 100 murders while having a total metro population of somewhere around 15-30 million, I can't seem to get an accurate figure on the population for the surrounding area.
So factoring in the fact that Jakarta is more densely populated and has more people, I'd say the two regions have a fairly low murder rate compared to some places like... my supposedly "safe" homeland, the United States!
Heck, Aceh even has a large number of assault rifles left over from the separatist fighting that ended in the last decade... and it still has a murder rate that is significantly lower than ANY American city. But when I speak to people from back home, they immediately recoil in terror when I tell them where I reside. "You live in Aceh, isn't that place dangerous?!"
It's not dangerous and I don't see any evidence that it's more so dangerous than any other region in Indonesia. But the Jakarta Globe seems to be making quite a bit of effort at proclaiming that this area is somehow a hotbed of extremism ready to boil over into a new Afghanistan.
Let's put it this way, when I can see the Jakarta Globe lamenting about murders happening once every 3 to 4 days in their namesake city I'll take back what I'm saying about their yellow journalism in Aceh.