The Investigation rubric was born after Tempo reappeared in 1998. But the spirit of investigative journalism has grown long before.
THE 1998 reformasi that toppled the New Order regime also ushered in a new era of freedom of the press. The Information Department no longer required anyone who wanted to establish a media company to obtain the government-issued publishing license. Tempo, which was shut down by the Suharto government in 1994, had the opportunity to start anew.
A debate ensued about whether Tempo needed to be resurrected or be left in peace as a legend of the pre...