By Jill Jolliffe
In October 1975, through the decolonisation of Portuguese Timor, 5 younger tv newshounds travelled from Australia to file at the brewing unrest within the zone. It was once a trip that will 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, used to be additionally completed.
In this revised version of the e-book that was once initially released as Cover-Up, on which the movie Balibo relies, Jill Jolliffe finds formerly hidden info of 1 of the main shameful episodes in Australia’s heritage. In doing so, she brings to mild new fabric approximately Roger East, and information the 2007 Glebe inquest into the dying of Brian Peters.
The results of over 30 years of non-public investigations and tireless learn, Balibo offers a distinct first-hand account of the deaths of the 5 reporters and of Roger East. Jolliffe argues that the Australian executive 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 info used to be a key consider Indonesia’s choice to invade and occupy East Timor.
Part memoir, half historical past, this searing ebook is as a lot an indictment of the Balibo killers because it is of Australia’s position in East Timor’s fresh tragic historical past.
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Balibo by Jill Jolliffe