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Jakarta Post

George Junus Aditjondro : of watchdogs and octopi

  • Tifa Asrianti


JAKARTA   /   Sun, January 3 2010   /  04:02 pm

His controversial book may have been taken off the shelves in major bookstores, but George Junus Aditjondro is now enjoying the kind of media coverage sure to pique people's curiosity. Titled Membongkar Gurita Cikeas: Di Balik Skandal Bank Century (Unmasking the Cikeas Octopus: Behind the Bank Century Scandal), the book looks into President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and how four foundations allegedly helped raise money for his 2009 election campaign. The President expressed concerns about the contents of the book shortly after it was published. It has since disappeared from the shelves. Rumor has it that the bookstores pulled the book out of fear. Yet despite the President's stated concerns, the government has not banned the book. "The whole controversy makes major bookstores like Gramedia and Toko Gunung Agung become more cautious," George says. "We should think of other w...