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E Timor News Hot Off The Photocopier

FIRST LOCAL NEWSPAPER FOR SIX MONTHS HOT OFF E TIMOR'S PRESS

East Timor's first local newspaper in six months hit the streets today, just hours before the visit of Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid.

Journalists from the former Voice of Timor newspaper completed the first edition of the Timor Post in the indigenous language, Tetam, and made copies on a hotel photocopier.

Bob Howarth of Queensland Newspapers says it was in huge demand.

He says journalists worked for 28 hours straight after the arrival of equipment from Australia to replace what was destroyed after the independence vote.

"The main story is the visit of Wahid and saying welcome to Mr Wahid," he said.

"There's photos of all, General Wiranto, the militia leaders, all the people who they think should be up before a human rights tribunal and there's major backgrounds on everything that's been happening in East Timor since September."

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