World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


ET: RSF protests over detention of journalist

* Pacific Media Watch Online - check the website for archive and links:
http://www.pmw.c2o.org/
* Post a comment on this story at PMW's Right of Reply:
http://www.voy.com/166636/

AUSTRALIAN JOURNALIST ARRESTED AND THREATENED WITH EXPULSION
http://www.rsf.org

PARIS (RSF/Pacific Media Watch): Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) expressed concern about the arrest and detention for two days of Australian investigative journalist Julian King, who has been threatened with legal action and expulsion.

King¹s arrest in the capital Dili was the first major violation of press freedom since East Timor gained its independence in 2002, the international press freedom organisation said.

Police arrested the freelance journalist on 6 May 2004 close to his home in the capital. He was held for two days in the central police station. Police said they had found ammunition at his house.

During a search they seized files, including a UN report on corruption in East Timor. The journalist was at first told his residency papers were not in order and was then threatened with legal action for ³possessing weapons² and "subversion".

Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri made several public statements against the journalist.

"He is abusing our tolerance, he is not a journalist and he has his own agenda to subvert state institutions," he said. He also accused King of taking part in torching his home during December 2002 rioting.

"It is a real disappointment for our organisation to see the prime minister of a country - held up for several years as a model in Asia of respect for press freedom - accusing a foreign journalist of rioting and destabilisation," Reporters Without Borders said in a letter to President Xanana Gusmao.

It urged him to intervene on behalf of the journalist and to call on the prime minister to respect press freedom.

King, 43, a former Reuters correspondent who works regularly for Australian television channels, denied all the accusations.

"I certainly don't own any bullets and I am certainly not out to destabilise the government," he said.

King has worked in East Timor for four years and has been a long-term activist for the country¹s independence.

Several sources told Reporters Without Borders that King's arrest and serious accusations against him by the prime minister could be linked to his investigations into negotiations with Australia on sharing East Timor¹s territorial waters.

The "Timor Gap" agreement allows Australia to exploit a major part of the area's oil and gas reserves. Many people within East Timor objected to the agreement, which was reportedly tainted by corruption.

President Gusmao himself has said he considered the contract a threat to East Timor's existence. +++niuswire

PACIFIC MEDIA WATCH ONLINE http://www.pmw.c2o.org

PACIFIC MEDIA WATCH is an independent, non-profit, non-government organisation comprising journalists, lawyers, editors and other media workers, dedicated to examining issues of ethics, accountability, censorship, media freedom and media ownership in the Pacific region. Launched in October 1996, it has links with the Journalism Program at the University of the South Pacific, Bushfire Media based in Sydney, Journalism Studies at the University of PNG (UPNG), the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ), Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, and Community Communications Online (c2o).

(c)1996-2004 Copyright - All rights reserved.

Items are provided solely for review purposes as a non-profit educational service. Copyright remains the property of the original producers as indicated. Recipients should seek permission from the copyright owner for any publishing. Copyright owners not wishing their materials to be posted by PMW please contact us. The views expressed in material listed by PMW are not necessarily the views of PMW or its members.

Recipients should rely on their own inquiries before making decisions based on material listed in PMW. Please copy appeals to PMW and acknowledge source.

For further information, inquiries about joining the Pacific Media Watch

listserve, articles for publication, and giving feedback contact Pacific

Media Watch at: E-mail: delaro@clear.net.nz pcronau@hotmail.com Fax: (+679) 30 5779 or (+612) 9660 1804 Mail: PO Box 9, Annandale, NSW 2038, Australia or, PO Box 78028, Auckland 1002, New Zealand. New website: www.pmw.c2o.org


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>

ALSO:

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news