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Magsaysay Controversy

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July 28, 2018 — by IDWRITERS

Last updated on July 28, 2018 at 8:21 pm

Twenty-six writers, playwrights and film makers have demanded withdrawal of the 1995 literary prize by the Manila-based Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation to novelist PRAMOEDYA ANANTA TOER. Accusing Pramoedya of once “witch-hunting” against fellow writers, they said the award announced July 19 did not take into account his “notorious role” in the “systematic annihilation campaign against independent publishers.” — “Whatever the Magsaysay Award Foundation´s criteria are, it seems to us that the foundation did not take into account Pramoedya´s track record during the heyday of Indonesian communism,” they said in a statement #onthisday in 1995.

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