"WORLD PRESS REVIEW" GIVES GOENAWAN MOHAMAD INTERNATIONAL AWARD
http://worldpress.org. The award goes to an editor working outside the United States "in recognition of enterprise, courage, and leadership in advancing the freedom and responsibility of the press, enhancing human rights, and fostering excellence in journalism." The print version of "Tempo" is published in the Indonesian language, but its website features articles in both English and Bahasa Indonesia at
"Tempo" went on-line after it was banned under President Suharto in 1994, but it has been back on the streets in print form since October 1998, made possible by the fall of Suharto. "World Press Review" reports, "there was no official explanation for the banning," according to Goenawan, who says they were told "Tempo" "was destabilising the country." Street protests followed the ban, says Goenawan, adding, "I was very moved by that. The protest was so strong, including from foreign countries." He went on to set up an underground news agency, as well as the Institute for the Studies on Free Flow of Information (ISAI). "It was a new way of circumventing the information blockage by the government," he told "World Press Review". "We published instant books on current affairs. They were usually banned after about a year, but by then they had been circulated clandestinely, including to campus newspapers all over the country."