From: Carmel Budiardjo <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 04 Aug 95 15:59 BST
Mochtar Lubis condemns Pram awardSource: AFP Date: 3 August 1995 Dateline: Jakarta A controversy has eruped in Indonesia over the award of a major Asian literary prize to communist (sic) writer, Pramoedya Anata Toer. Journalist Mochtar Lubis said Thursday he would return his 1958 Magsaysay award if Pramoedya was allowed to collect the 1995 prize. 'Magsaysay stands for democracy and human rights, which is the opposite of Pramoedya,' Lubis told AFP. Pramoedya, 70, was a prominent member of the communist (sic) group Lekra which in the 1960s attacked Lubis and other writers in the press, much of which the arts controlled at the time. Pramoedya, hailed internationally as Indonesia's leading novelist, was awarded the 1995 Ramon Magsaysay award for journalist, literature and creative communication arts. Lubis was also jailed several times under presidents Sukarno and Suharto for criticisng authority. He said he had written to the Magsaysay committee threatening to return his award but has yet to receive a reply.