Goenawan Mohamad

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Goenawan Mohamad
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Goenawan Susatyo

29 July 1941
Occupationpoet, essayst, playwright, director, editor
Notable credit(s)
'Catatan Pinggir', "Komunitas Salihara'
Spouse(s)Widarti Gunawan
ChildrenHidayat Jati, Paramita
AwardsCPJ International Press Freedom Award (1998)
International Editor of the Year Award (1999)

Goenawan Mohamad (b. 29 July 1941) is an Indonesian poet, essayist, playwright and editor. He is the founder and editor of the Indonesian magazine Tempo. Mohamad is a vocal critic of the Indonesian government, and his magazine was periodically shut down due to its criticisms.

Mohamad has won awards for his journalistic work, including the CPJ International Press Freedom Awards (1998), the International Editor of the Year Award (1999) and the Dan David Prize (2006).

Early life[edit]

He was born in Batang, Central Java.


He is the founder and editor of Tempo ("Time") magazine, which was forcibly closed twice by President Suharto's New Order administration because of its vocal criticism of the authoritarian regime.[1]

As a writer, Goenawan Mohamad was known for his weekly column in Tempo, "Catatan Pinggir" (Sidelines). The column mainly featured commentary and critique on current affairs and the media 'headlines'. His columns were compiled into six books. In Sidelines, Mohamad never ends articles with a definite conclusion, instead ending with either questions or open-ended comments intended to encourage readers to continue thinking.[citation needed]

Mohamad was one of the founders of the Lontar Foundation and is on the advisory boards of the human rights group ARTICLE 19[citation needed] and the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict.[2]

He is an alumnus of the College of Europe 1966-1967 promotion.[3][4]


Mohamad's early writings include Potret Seorang Penyair Muda Sebagai Si Malin Kundang (The Portrait of A Young Poet as Malin Kundang) (1972) and Seks, Sastra, Kita (Sex, Literature, Us) (1980),'"Kesusastraan dan Kekuasaan' (Literature and Power) (1993)'Setelah Revolusi Tak Ada Lagi (Once the Revolution No Longer Exists) (2001), Kata, Waktu (Word, Time) (2001), 'Eksotopi' (Exotopia) (2003), 'Tuhan dan Hal-hal Yang Tak Selesai' (God and other Unfinished Things) (2007).

For his 70th birthday several of his works were republished: 'Marxisme, Seni, dan Pembebasan' (Marxism, the Arts, Emancipation) (2011), 'Indonesia/Proses' (Indonesia/Process) (2011), "Puisi dan Antipuisi' (Poetry and Antipoetry) (2011), 'Di Sekitar Sajak' (On Poems) (2011), 'Tokoh + Pokok' (Persons + Issues) (2011), 'Teks dan Iman' (Texts and Faith)(2011), 'Debu, Duka, Dst: Sebuah Pertimbangan anti-theodise' (Ash, Grief, Etc.: A consideration against theodice)' (2011), 'Ruang dan Kekuasaan' (On Space and Power)', (2011), 'Rupa' (Images), (2011). 'Pagi dan Hal-hal Yang Dipungut Kembali' (Morning and Things Retrieved) (2011).

His latest books of poetry are Don Quixote (2011) and 70 Puisi (70 Poems). His plays are published in Tan Malaka dan Tiga Lakon lain.


  • Mohamad, Goenawan. CATATAN PINGGIR 1. Jakarta: Graffiti. 1982
  • Mohamad, Goenawan. CATATAN PINGGIR 5. Jakarta: Graffiti. 2001


In 1998, Mohamad was one of four winners of the CPJ International Press Freedom Awards,[5] and in 1999 the World Press Review awarded him its International Editor of the Year Award.[6] He received the Dan David Prize in 2006.[7]


  1. ^ culturebase.net article on Goenawan Mohamad Archived 2013-03-13 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "SIAPA KAMI? - IPAC". www.understandingconflict.org.
  3. ^ Dieter Mahncke, Léonce Bekemans, Robert Picht, The College of Europe. Fifty years of service to Europe, College of Europe, Bruges, 1999. ISBN 9080498319
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-05-18. Retrieved 2012-03-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "1998 Press Freedom Awards - Announcement". The Committee to Protect Journalists. 1999. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  6. ^ "World Press Review Gives Goenawan Mohamad International Award". International Freedom of Expression Exchange. 30 March 1999. Archived from the original on 28 August 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Laureates 2006". The Dan David Prize. 2006. Archived from the original on 18 February 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2012.

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