By Jill Jolliffe
In October 1975, in the course of the decolonisation of Portuguese Timor, 5 younger tv newshounds travelled from Australia to record at the brewing unrest within the area. It was once 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 carried out.
In this revised variation of the e-book that used to be 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 historical past. In doing so, she brings to mild new fabric approximately Roger East, and info the 2007 Glebe inquest into the loss of life of Brian Peters.
The results of over 30 years of private investigations and tireless learn, Balibo offers a special first-hand account of the deaths of the 5 newshounds and of Roger East. Jolliffe argues that the Australian govt and its Western allies have been continually 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 was once a key consider Indonesia’s determination to invade and occupy East Timor.
Part memoir, half heritage, this searing e-book is as a lot an indictment of the Balibo killers because it is of Australia’s function in East Timor’s contemporary tragic historical past.
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Balibo by Jill Jolliffe