While acknowledging excesses, he defended the right of publishers to violate good taste just as staunchly as the right of reporters to investigate stories aggressively
For long years, the Indonesian press cowered beneath the vengeful power of the Soeharto dictatorship.
And at the Institute, he taught students to investigate, probe, evaluate, and analyze the world around them aggressively.
When Soeharto banned the paper in 1974, ATMAKUSUMAH was blacklisted
Finding steady work at the American embassy, he joined a quiet dialogue among thoughtful dissidents and waited for better times.
Passed in September 1999, the law denies government the authority to ban, censor, or license the press or to withhold any pertinent information.
The second Awardee, in 1995, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, in a way was also a journalist although he is best known internationally as a literary writer
he first Awardee from Indonesia for the same category, in 1958, happens to be my former superior, Mochtar Lubis, the editor-in-chief of Indonesia Raya (Greater Indonesia)