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Jakob Oetama bids farewell, leaving journalism legacy

  • Made Anthony Iswara and Alya Nurbaiti

    Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Thu, September 10 2020   /  01:00 am
Pendiri Kompas Gramedia Jakob Oetama saat difoto di ruang kerjanya di Gedung Kompas Gramedia, Palmerah Selatan, Jakarta, Selasa (27/9/2016). Jakob Oetama, genap berusia 85 tahun pada 27 September ini. (kompas.com/Garry Andrew Lotulung)

Indonesia lost one of its journalism heroes on Wednesday through the passing of Jakob Oetama, cofounder of the country’s largest media and publishing company, Kompas Gramedia. Kompas Gramedia confirmed his death. He passed away at the age of 88 after suffering from multiple organ failure, one of the doctors who treated Jakob said. He would be buried at the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery in South Jakarta on Thursday. Throughout his life, Jakob was known by many of his comrades and loved ones as a simple figure who always prioritized honesty, integrity, gratitude and humanism. Jakob, the son of a teacher, was born in Jowahan village in Central Java and graduated from the Seminary High School in Yogyakarta in 1951. Before jumping into journalism, Jakob followed his parents' footsteps and taught at Mardi Yuana Junior High School in Cipanas, West Java, in 1952 and Van Lith...