Did you know Indonesia’s first English newspaper?


Is it The Jakarta Post? No. The Indonesian Times? No. Okay – so it’s the Indonesian Observer, isn’t it? No, no.

The Jakarta Globe –the country’s newest English language newspaper– writes:

Its name was the Java Government Gazette…

The first edition of the Java Government Gazette was delivered to subscribers on Feb. 29, 1812, and for the next four years it appeared without fail every Saturday.

It was a broadsheet, more or less the same size as your modern Globe, though it usually ran to only four pages.

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