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Attacks & developments throughout the region
August 4, 2007
Posted September 28, 2007

Suara Timor Lorosa'e
ATTACKED

On August 4, amid rising political tensions surrounding the formation of a new government, unidentified men attacked the office of the country's leading daily, Suara Timor Lorosa'e (STL), according to the Bangkok-based Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA).

Attacks & Developments Throughout the Region

Attacks and developments throughout the region

 

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists urges you to refrain from signing a bill before you that threatens freedom of the press and free expression by imposing harsh penalties for defamation. As you know, Prime Minister Mari bim Altakiri approved on December 6, 2005, a bill revising the penal code, which had been passed by the National Parliament. The penal code revisions now before you allow for up to three years imprisonment and unlimited fines for publishing statements deemed defamatory of public officials.

FEBRUARY 3, 2005
Posted: March 30, 2005

Suara Timor LorosaeHARASSED

The East Timor government repeatedly harassed Suara Timor Lorosae, apparently in retaliation for the daily newspaper's reporting on famine.


Indonesian military hems in press on Aceh citizens
By A. Lin Neumann

The Asian Times Online

Special Report: Aceh

Borrowing a page from the U.S. playbook, the Indonesian military is restricting and controlling coverage of their war in the restive province of Aceh.
The vicious murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan focused international attention on the dangers faced by journalists covering the U.S. "war on terror," yet most attacks on journalists in Asia happened far from the eyes of the international press. In countries such as Bangladesh and the Philippines, reporters covering crime and political corruption were as vulnerable to attack as those reporting on violent insurgency. Seven journalists were killed in 2002 for their work in Asia.
A decades-long struggle for independence ended on May 20, when the U.N. Transitional Authority for East Timor (UNTAET) formally handed power to East Timor's first elected government, making the tiny half-island state the first new nation of the millennium. A fledgling press has emerged from the destruction that followed the territory's vote for independence from Indonesia in 1999, and now the country has two daily newspapers, a handful of weeklies, and seven small private radio stations. Indonesia, which annexed East Timor in 1975 following the collapse of Portuguese colonial rule, did not tolerate an independent press.
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Killed in East Timor

2 journalists killed since 1992

1 journalist murdered

1 murdered with impunity

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