By Jill Jolliffe
In October 1975, through the decolonisation of Portuguese Timor, 5 younger tv journalists travelled from Australia to file at the brewing unrest within the area. 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 through 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 carried out.
In this revised version of the e-book that was once initially released as Cover-Up, on which the movie Balibo is predicated, Jill Jolliffe unearths formerly hidden info of 1 of the main shameful episodes in Australia’s background. In doing so, she brings to gentle 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 examine, Balibo offers a special first-hand account of the deaths of the 5 newshounds and of Roger East. Jolliffe argues that the Australian executive and its Western allies have been continuously 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 selection 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 contemporary tragic heritage.
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Balibo by Jill Jolliffe