[ETAN-key] Founder of Joyo Indonesia News Service Loses Courageous Battle with Cancer
John M Miller
fbp at igc.org
Mon Jul 23 04:35:03 PDT 2007
[Gordon was a friend of East Timor and a supporter of ETAN. His
strong knowledge of Indonesia and his wonderful sense of humor will
be missed by all who knew and worked with him. We are saddened by his
loss. - John for ETAN]
Founder of Joyo Indonesia News Service
Loses Courageous Battle with Cancer
[Note: See below for funeral time, date, and location information
It is with deep sadness that we announce Gordon Bishop (Joyo) has
lost his courageous battle with cancer. On Saturday, July 21, 2007,
Joyo passed away at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York.
On behalf of Joyo and the Joyo Indonesia News Service staff, we'd
like to convey our heartfelt gratitude to all the subscribers who
have expressed their support and love for Joyo over the course of his
battle with cancer. Those many messages not only comforted him, but
contributed to the fighting spirit that prolonged his life.
After the tragic loss of his beloved wife in a 1993 car accident,
Joyo had to leave Indonesia for surgery in the United States.
Beginning with emailing from his hospital bed, Joyo founded
Indonesia's first online news service in 1996. Today it is read by
thousands, including journalists, academics, governement officials,
NGOs, human rights organizations, and embassy officials throughout
the globe for the latest news and analysis about Indonesia. In 2005,
Joyo received the Indonesian Alliance of Independent Journalists'
annual Suardi Tasrif Award, presented to individuals or institutions
considered to have contributed to freedom of speech or access to information.
For Joyo, the news service was much more than a way of keeping
subscribers around the world informed about Indonesia in all of its
vast complexity: It was a way for him to stay connected to the people
and country he loved...and missed...so much.
Finally, Joyo expressed his wish that the news service continue in
the event of his death. The Joyo Indonesia News Staff will fulfill
that wish, continuing the same high standards that he always demanded.
Sincerely, JoyoNews, JoyoNews2, and the staff of Joyo Indonesia News Service
Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at 11:45am
Riverside Memorial Chapel
180 West 76th Street
New York, New York 10023
Joyo Indonesia News Service
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