We Can’t Forget The Lessons of Balibo
by Nick Xenophon and Clinton Fernandes October 15, 2015
Six journalists were killed and it shouldn’t have been swept under the carpet.
Forty years ago on Friday, five young men met their deaths in a small corner of a foreign field. Gary Cunningham, Brian Peters, Malcolm Rennie, Greg Shackleton, and Anthony Stewart were journalists employed by Channels 7 and 9. They were murdered in cold blood by the Indonesian military on the morning of October 16, 1975, at Balibo, in what was then Portuguese Timor and is today East Timor.
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Balibo five honoured 40 years on
Oct 16, 2015
The New Daily and AAP
Family and journalists gather at dawn service in Canberra to mark anniversary of killings.
Six Australian journalists killed while reporting on the Indonesian invasion of East Timor have been honoured in Canberra.
The dawn service at the War Correspondents Memorial on Friday marked 40 years since their deaths.
No one has been brought to justice for their deaths.
The Media Arts and Entertainment Alliance used the 40th anniversary of the killings to launch the Balibo Five-Roger East Scholarship, which MEAA chief executive Paul Murphy says will fund travel, study and living expenses in Australia for East Timorese journalists.