WASHINGTON (March 28, 2005)–A Bahasa-language edition of National Geographic will launch in April 2005, broadening the international reach of the magazine that has set the standard for excellence in reporting, photography and mapmaking to 27 local-language editions.
Tantyo Bangun, a documentary filmmaker and photographer, is the editor-in-chief of National Geographic’s Indonesian edition. The magazine will be produced in partnership with Gramedia, under the direction of Jakob Oetama. The Jakarta-based publishing group Gramedia also publishes the country’s largest newspaper, Kompas.
Published under license from the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C., the Bahasa-language version will follow closely the editorial content of the English-language original. It will be produced to the exacting standards of the Society, in the same format with the familiar yellow-bordered cover.
The official journal of the Society, National Geographic magazine provides in-depth editorial coverage of cultures, nature, science and technology. With the launch of this edition, National Geographic magazine now publishes five local-language editions in Asia. The others are Chinese (traditional characters), Japanese, Korean and Thai.
Published in English since 1888, the magazine also appears in Spanish (separate editions for Spain and Latin America), Italian, Greek, Hebrew, French, German, Polish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Portuguese (separate editions for Portugal and Brazil), Russian, Turkish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Russian, Croatian and Ukrainian. The magazine has a total circulation of around 9 million and is read in every country of the world.
“Giving people a window to the world in their own language through National Geographic’s incomparable photographs and storytelling is a compelling way to extend the Society’s mission to spread geographic knowledge,” said National Geographic Society President John Fahey. “Launching an Indonesian edition of this 117-year-old magazine is an important step in our expansion throughout Asia, along with National Geographic books, DVDs, videos and the National Geographic Channel.”
Terry Adamson, National Geographic’s executive vice president who heads the Society’s international publishing effort, added, “We are especially proud to publish in one of the world’s largest democracies. Our launch in Indonesia is also noteworthy in that it is the second country in which we are publishing National Geographic where the dominant religion is Islam.”
The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The 117-year-old Society reflects the world through magazines, books, maps, television and interactive media. The Society has funded nearly 8,000 scientific research projects and supports an education program combating geographic illiteracy. The National Geographic Channel reaches more than 230 million homes in 151 countries in 27 languages. Web address: www.nationalgeograhic.com.