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PC wish Balibo to become the Freedom City to value the death of five international journalists

PC wish Balibo to become the Freedom City to value the death of five international journalists

DILI, 16 september 2021 (TATOLI) – Timor Leste Press Council (PC) wish the Balibo Sub municipality, of Bobonaro municipality to become the city of freedom.

Chairman of Timor – Leste Press Council Virgilio Guterres ” Lamukan” informed that the Press Coucil had promoted Balibo as the city of freedom saying the PC  has discussed with the Ministry of State Administration (MSA)  last year to look forward for the issue however the plan has been postponed tue to the pandemic.

“The PC has prepared the proposal after the idea was discussed by both PC and MSA , however it has been ppostponed due to the pandemic,” said Guterres.

Guterres added that however the PC will continue to review the proposal and submit to the MSA for further process.

The President of Board Directive of TATOLI. IP News Agency, Manuel Pinto declares, his side was agreed to the Press Council ‘s planing to promote Balibo as the City of Freedom, adding the  PC wish to honored the dedication and contribution of the 5 five late International Journalist from Australia who were killed in Balibo.

“We agree the PC decision to regard Balibo as the City of Freedom to give the tribute and honored the five Australian journalists who were killed in Balibo for their dedication and contribution to Timor-Leste liberation. By naming the city as the of Freedom,Timor – Leste will value the contribution from the people of Australia for our national liberation,” Said Pinto.

The Five international journalists were the journalists for Australian commercial television networks who were killed in the period leading up to the Indonesian Invasion of Timor-Leste. The Balibo Five were based in the town of Balibo in East Timor, where they were killed on 16 October 1975 during Indonesian incursions before the invasion.

The group comprised two Australians, reporter Greg Shackleton, 29, and sound recordist Tony Stewart, 21; a New Zealander, Gary Cunningham, 27, cameraman for HSV-7 (now part of the Seven Network) in Melbourne; and two Briton, cameraman Brian Peters, 24, and reporter Malcolm Rennie, 29, both working for TNC-9  (now part of the Nine Networks) in Sydney.

 

Journalist : Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario

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