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Jakarta Post

A Fresh look at the legacy of Mochtar Lubis

  • Her Suheryanto


Jakarta   /   Sun, April 4 2010   /  09:54 am

Does Indonesia have any good journalists? We have plenty for sure. But do we have a good journalist who is a letter writer and artist as well as a rabble-rouser who continues to press for change in his nation?What if we add some more qualifications: Persistency and the bravery to stand up to the establishment despite the risk of imprisonment? Very few countries have such personalities, but Indonesia is fortunate enough to have had just such a journalist in the form of Mochtar Lubis.A renaissance man par excellence, Lubis has become the subject of countless publications that have attempted to dissect his life and works.Recently, Routledge published a new book about the legendary journalist. However, unlike other publications with the same subject, Journalism and Politics in Indonesia—A critical biography of Mochtar Lubis by David T. Hill, a professor from the Department of Southeast Asi...