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Goenawan Mohammad

AKA Goenawan Susatyo Mohammad

Born: 29-Jul-1941
Birthplace: Batang, Indonesia

Gender: Male
Religion: Muslim
Race or Ethnicity: Asian/Indian
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Journalist, Poet, Activist

Nationality: Indonesia
Executive summary: Muckraking Indonesian journalist

Goenawan Mohammad is an internationally-known human rights activist, and the founder and longtime editor of Indonesia's Tempo weekly news magazine. His pithy column in Tempo, "Catatan Pinggir" ("Sidelines"), always ends with a political or philosophical question for the reader to ponder. For the magazine's persistent reporting of government corruption and suppression, Mohammad has been harassed and Tempo has been closed twice by the Indonesian government, for two months in 1984, and for four years beginning in 1994.

His parents were held in an internment camp in the 1920s for suspected involvement in a left-wing nationalist movement, and his father was arrested and executed for political activism in 1947. Deemed a "counter-revolutionary" by the ruling Communists, Mohammed fled Indonesia and lived in Belgium for several years in his 20s. Before being drawn into politics and journalism for three decades, he was a respected poet, and he has said he is "not really an activist", but was forced into activism by his desire to read and write freely. He is co-founder of the Lontar Foundation, an Indonesian writers' group, and his name has been mentioned as a possible Nobel laureate.

Wife: (married, two children)

    University: BS Psychology, University of Indonesia
    Scholar: Nieman Fellow, Harvard University

    Dan David Prize 2006
    International Editor of the Year Award 1999
    International Press Freedom Award 1998
    Tempo Magazine Founder & Editor (1971-2004)
    Tempo Magazine Columnist (1971-)
    Committee to Protect Journalists

Author of books:
Potret Seorang Penyair Muda sebagai Si Malin Kundang (Portrait of A Young Poet as Malin Kundang) (1972)
Seks, Sastra, Kita (Sex, Literature, Us) (1980)
Catatan Pinggir (Sidelines) (1984)
Catatan Pinggir 2 (Sidelines: Writings from Tempo) (1994)
Languages and Literature (1996, with John McGlynn)
Setelah Revolusi Tak Ada Lagi (After Revolution No Longer Exist) (2001)
Kata, Waktu (Word, Time) (2001)
Catatan Pinggir 3 (Sidelines: Thought Pieces from Tempo Magazine) (2005)


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