Forty-five years in the past, on October 16, 1975, 5 Australian-based journalists close to the city of Balibo have been reporting on the approaching Indonesian invasion of Portuguese Timor. They have been Gary Cunningham, Brian Peters, Malcolm Rennie, Greg Shackleton and Tony Stewart.
The Indonesian army, particularly Yunus Yosfiah and Cristoforo da Silva, killed these younger males to stop them from broadcasting details about the invasion.
Eight investigations have been held since. The final was a coroner’s inquest in Sydney in 2007, and the findings have been handed over to the Australian Federal Police. Seven years later, in October 2014, the AFP dropped the investigation, citing jurisdictional challenges and inadequate proof.
Nobody has been held accountable for the slaughter of the journalists. To at the present time, related paperwork are denied to the Australian public, effectively past the same old thirty-year rule. This denial conceals the true extent of Australian information of the invasion, and avoids offending Indonesia for worry of financial or political repercussions. It’s made on the grounds of defending “nationwide safety”.