In Indonesia, Writing Needs to Be Recognized as a Profession

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This article mentions Goenawan Mohamad Putu Wijaya
Written by Agus M. Irkham
Originally published in Publishing Perspectives.
Aug 28, 2015

In Indonesia, the government fails to recognize writing as a profession and publishing as a creative industry, thwarting its further development. In little more than a month, a number of writers and literary activists will leave from Indonesia to travel to the Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF). This year, we are the Guest of Honor. As Goenawan Mohammed (GM), the the Chairman of the Indonesian Guest of Honor Committee, noted, the majority of people chosen to attend the world’s largest book fair are the authors who have published books. “The authors follow the books,” he added.

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