Indonesia’s Tempo Weekly News Magazine was awarded a 2004 Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism on Thursday. Founding Editor Goenawan Mohamad and Editor in Chief Bambang Harymurti accepted the honor.
Tempo was founded in 1971 as Indonesia’s first independent weekly news magazine, and the first magazine to provide non-governmental versions of the news.
In 1994, Tempo was banned by Indonesia’s President Soeharto for its critical coverage of military procurement, which led to protests and demonstrations by the country’s middle class.
In 1998, Tempo resumed publication and continues to fight Indonesia’s challenges to freedom of the press.
Since 1930, the Missouri School of Journalism has awarded more than 425 individuals and organizations with the honor medal.