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18 August 2010 | East Timor

IFJ worried by threat against newspaper

The "Tempo Semanal" editor said he was concerned for the welfare of the organisation's personnel after receiving a threatening e-mail.
28 October 2009 | East Timor

Ten years after murder of "Financial Times" correspondent in East Timor, commemoration in London condemns impunity

IPI warns Indonesia's commitment to democracy is undermined by its apparent lack of will to end the impunity connected with the killing of Sander Thoenes and other journalists.
7 October 2009 | East Timor

ARTICLE 19 analyses draft media policy

While noting some positive features of the policy, ARTICLE 19 highlights a number of concerns as well, including the recommendation of a form of licencing for journalists.
14 September 2009 | Australia

Australia investigates "Balibo Five" murders as war crimes

The Australian police investigation aims to establish whether the journalists' murders can be prosecuted as war crimes under the Geneva Conventions.
13 April 2009 | East Timor

Regional press freedom groups alarmed by draft media laws

(SEAPA/IFEX) - Regional press freedom groups call on TL's parliament to reconsider passage of laws that threaten free expression.
23 March 2009 | East Timor

Draft media laws are good step forward, but must be revised, says ARTICLE 19

(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) - The following is a 20 March 2009 ARTICLE 19 press release:
26 September 2008 | East Timor

Government vows to decriminalise defamation

(SEAPA/IFEX) - The government of Timor Leste announced on 24 September 2008 its decision to decriminalise the country's Defamation Law, a move that was welcomed by the Timor Lorosa'e Journalists Association (TLJA).
27 February 2008 | East Timor

Journalist and photographer detained, threatened by international peacekeepers; another photographer manhandled

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders condemns the action of the police in arresting and beating Agostinho da Costa, a "Timor Post" journalist, on the night of 22 to 23 February 2008 as he was travelling to the location in Kaikoli, near Dili, where his daily is printed in order to help prepare the next issue. He was freed the next day (see previous IFEX alert of 27 February 2008).
27 February 2008 | East Timor

Security forces beat, detain media worker overnight for breaking curfew

(SEAPA/IFEX) - The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) is alarmed to learn that East Timor security forces detained and assaulted a layout artist with a local daily, who violated the night curfew imposed after a state of emergency was declared following attacks on the country's top two leaders.
19 November 2007 | East Timor

Coroner says death of "Balibo Five" was premeditated war crime by Indonesian army

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders hails the work of New South Wales coroner Dorelle Pinch, who issued an inquest report on 16 November 2007 that establishes with great detail that the Indonesian army was responsible for the death of five British, Australian and New Zealander journalists in East Timor in 1975. The report clearly shows they were eliminated because they knew too much about Indonesia's invasion of East Timor, which was just getting under way.
10 August 2007 | East Timor

Newspaper office attacked, media worker beaten

(SEAPA/IFEX) - On 4 August 2007, amid political tensions arising from the controversial formation of the new government, an unknown group of men attacked the office of a major newspaper, "Suara Timor Lorosa'e" (STL).
24 May 2007 | East Timor

Australian government alleged to have covered up murders of "Balibo Five"

(RSF/IFEX) - As a Glebe Coroner's Court inquest into the murders of cameraman Brian Peters and four other TV journalists in the East Timor town of Balibo on 16 October 1975 draws to a close, Reporters Without Borders has called on deputy state coroner Dorelle Pinch to use all possible national and international police and judicial mechanisms to arrest those responsible.
11 May 2007 | East Timor

"Balibo Five" inquest: former Australian prime minister suggests journalists acted irresponsibly

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders has hailed the progress being made in the inquest into the 1975 deaths of cameraman Brian Peters and four other journalists in East Timor but deplored some of the comments made to the Coroners Court in Sydney on 8 May 2007 by former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and his defence minister, Bill Morrison.
4 May 2007 | East Timor

Inquest into deaths of "Balibo Five" points to high-level cover-up, former Australian PM to be summoned

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders has hailed the resumption this week of an inquest into the murders of cameraman Brian Peters and four other journalists 32 years ago in East Timor, saying it hoped every aspect of their deaths would be clarified and insisting that it was not too late for those responsible to be punished.
20 April 2007 | East Timor

Journalist and cameraperson threatened by MP for covering inactivity of Parliament

(SEAPA/IFEX) - Amid rising political tensions in the run-off presidential election in East Timor, a member of the National Parliament has threatened a journalist and a cameraperson who were covering legislative activity in the building.
5 April 2007 | East Timor

Political party militants attack and injure journalist

(SEAPA/IFEX) - In a violence-marred presidential election campaign in Timor Leste (East Timor), militants from the incumbent party assaulted a journalist for taking their photographs while they were being searched at a security checkpoint, reports the Timor Lorosa'e Journalists Association (TLJA), a SEAPA partner based in the capital city, Dili.
2 March 2007 | East Timor

Warrant for arrest of former Indonesian army officer

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders has hailed the warrant issued on 1 March 2007 by Sydney coroner Dorelle Pinch for the arrest of Yunus Yosfiah, the former Indonesian army officer who led the attack on the East Timor border town of Balibo on 16 October 1975 in which five journalists working for two Australian TV stations were killed.
27 February 2007 | East Timor

Under government pressure, Balibo Five hearings to be held in secret

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders has voiced outrage at the pressure applied by the Australian federal government so that three hearings in a coroner's enquiry into the death of Brian Peters and four others journalists in East Timor in 1975 are held in camera.


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