FRENTE REVOLUCIONÁRIA DO TIMOR-LESTE INDEPENDENTE
31 July 2007
More anti-FRETILIN bias in Australian media
FRETILIN today denied it was responsible for a recent protest against Australian Prime Minister John Howard in Timor-Leste, and criticised sections of the Australian media for continuing to deliberately misreport events in Timor-Leste.
The website of the State-owned Australian Broadcasting Corporation on July 26 reported that “Fretilin party protestors waved anti-Australian banners” at Dili airport that day.
However Fretilin parliamentarian Jose Teixeira said today the protest “was a spontaneous action by East Timorese citizens unconnected with Fretilin.
“The ABC report is a continuation of inaccurate and biased reporting of events in Timor-Leste attempting to cast FRETILIN in a negative light,” Teixeira said.
“The ABC is fully aware that FRETILIN has appointed English-speaking spokespersons to liaise with the media and has dealt with them recently on several occasions. The ABC should have acted professionally and contacted us before reporting, without any evidence, that the airport protesters were Fretilin members.”
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