By Jill Jolliffe
In October 1975, in the course of the decolonisation of Portuguese Timor, 5 younger tv newshounds travelled from Australia to file at the brewing unrest within the quarter. It used to be a trip that might be their final: Greg Shackleton, Gary Cunningham, and Tony Stewart of Channel Seven, and Brian Peters and Malcolm Rennie of Channel 9, have been killed by way of the Indonesian army as they filmed the infantry troops advancing into the border city of Balibo. within the months that undefined, a 6th guy who went to enquire their destiny, freelance journalist Roger East, was once additionally performed.
In this revised version of the e-book that was once initially released as Cover-Up, on which the movie Balibo relies, Jill Jolliffe unearths formerly hidden information of 1 of the main shameful episodes in Australia’s historical past. In doing so, she brings to gentle new fabric approximately Roger East, and info the 2007 Glebe inquest into the dying of Brian Peters.
The results of over 30 years of private investigations and tireless study, Balibo offers a special first-hand account of the deaths of the 5 reporters and of Roger East. Jolliffe argues that the Australian govt and its Western allies have been constantly conscious of the conditions of the killings of the Balibo 5, as they got here to be identified, and that their cover-up of these information used to be a key consider Indonesia’s choice to invade and occupy East Timor.
Part memoir, half historical past, this searing booklet is as a lot an indictment of the Balibo killers because it is of Australia’s position in East Timor’s fresh tragic heritage.
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