Tuesday, October 25, 2005



The following is taken from the excellent http://indcoup.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Tiara Lestari, Gus Dur and the Indonesian Press.

In his post yesterday, fellow Jakarta blogger Jakartass touched on the subject of press freedom in Indonesia.

He refers to a study conducted by Reporters Without Borders, which ranks Indonesia in 102nd out of 167 countries listed compared to last year when Indonesia was in 117th place.

But despite the improvement – which mainly reflects the fact that the once rebellious province of Aceh has now been opened up to journalists – Indonesia remains a dangerous place for the inquisitive mind.Journalists who investigate corruption, for example, have a strange tendency to just go missing.

Like this poor chap.

And the authorities are still very wary of foreign journalists who they basically view as troublemakers.

That’s why the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a ban on foreign journalists from entering conflict-prone areas, most notably Papua.

Terrorism is another sensitive topic.

Only last week the Indonesian authorities suddenly pulled the plug on an Australian TV drama series about the 2002 Bali bombings:

Producers told the mostly Australian cast in Bali on Thursday the government had revoked their permit due to political and immigration sensitivities, actors for the drama series told AAP.

"The producers came in to the lunch room and said our permission has been withdrawn," said a NSW woman hired to portray an Australian police officer, while insisting on anonymity for fear of losing her role.

The move follows the second Bali bombings on October 1.

But what’s really strange in Indonesia is not just what makes the news, but what does not.

The Indonesian media completely ignored Gus Dur’s recent allegations of military links to terrorist bombings.

But why?

Can you imagine if former US president Clinton said overseas that the CIA was implicated in a bombing in the States?

It would be front-page news in every American paper.

And why has the Indonesian media totally ignored Tiara Lestari? The media here loves sensational stories, and they don’t come much better than the rise to fame of a young Javanese lass who has posed naked for both Playboy and Penthouse.

But the Indonesian media has been conspicuously quiet. Nothing except in good old uncensored cyberspace of course.It seems as if some form of self-censorship is at play, just as it was during Suhato’s era.

As for me, I believe totally in press freedom.

And that is why I am posting a scanned image from Tiara’s recent centerfold spread. Viva la press!


Saturday, October 15, 2005

Western journalists murdered by Indonesian military; key Balibo witness dies; UK and Australian cover-up


The Balibo Five were a group of journalists based in the town of Balibo in Portuguese Timor (now East Timor).

They were were killed on October 16th, 1975 by Indonesian troops. The troops were mounting incursions, prior to the full-scale invasion of East Timor on December 7th 1975.

The journalists were:

1. Australians, Greg Shackleton and Tony Stewart, ( reporter and cameraman for HSV-7 Seven Network in Melbourne),

2. Britons, Brian Peters and Malcolm Rennie,

3. A New Zealander, Gary Cunningham, working for TCN-9 Nine Network in Sydney.

The Indonesian military justified its killing of the camera crews on the grounds that they were 'communists', and sympathisers with the Fretilin party in Portuguese Timor; however most historians think they were killed to prevent them exposing the Indonesian incursions.

In 1994, Brian Peters' sister, Maureen Tolfree, became involved with the East Timor issue, having heard of a demonstration in her home town of Bristol against the sale of BAE Hawk fighter jets to Indonesia.



From The Sydney Morning Herald:

Key witness to 1975 Balibo killings dies.

By Jill Jolliffe in Darwin, September 19, 2005

A witness to the killing of five Australian journalists in Balibo, East Timor, in 1975 has died in Dili, months before a new inquiry by the NSW Coroner.

Olandino Maia Guterres publicly accused former Indonesian minister Yunus Yosfiah in 1998 of having ordered the deaths of the five television journalists after they filmed an attack on the border town.

Official reports claimed the men - Greg Shackleton, Gary Cunningham and Tony Stewart of Channel Seven and Malcolm Rennie and Brian Peters of Channel Nine - were killed in crossfire.

Mr Guterres entered Balibo with the Indonesian troops.

He told the ABC's Foreign Correspondent program that from a distance of less than 20 metres he heard Yosfiah give the order to shoot the men as they tried to surrender, and that he also saw him fire shots at them.

The East Timorese police commander, Paulo Martins, said by phone from Dili yesterday that Mr Guterres had apparently died of renal failure after several weeks of illness.

The NSW Coroner, John Abernethy, announced in June that he would hold an inquest into the death of Brian Peters, who was a resident of Sydney, in response to a request from his sister Maureen Tolfree, of Bristol, England.



In the early daylight hours of 16 October 1975, military forces under the command of Indonesian officers attacked and entered the village of Balibo in East Timor.

Shortly after entry, five Australian based journalists - Greg Shackleton, Tony Stewart, Malcolm Rennie, Gary Cunningham and Brian Peters - who had lodged themselves in a house in Balibo, were murdered.

Shackleton, a TV journalist with Channel 7, had joined forces with the Channel 9 crew to expose the injustice of the Indonesian invasion.

If they could reveal the truth, then international pressure might stop further atrocities.

This is an excerpt from Shackleton's last report before he was shot and stabbed to death by Indonesian soldiers.

"Something happened here last night that moved us very deeply. It was so far outside our experience as Australians, and so inextricably interwoven with the atmosphere of this place that we find it very difficult to convey to you watching in an Australian living room.

"Why, they ask, are the Indonesians invading us? Why, they ask, if the Indonesians believe that Fretilin is Communist, do they not send a delegation to Dili to find out?

"Why, they ask, are the Australians not helping us? When the Japanese invaded, they did help us. Why, they ask, are the Portuguese not helping us? We're still a Portuguese colony. Who, they ask, will pay for the terrible damage to our homes?"

The bodies of the five men were dressed in Fretilin military uniforms and burned.

In January 1997, the Melbourne Herald-Sun published photographs of a secret funeral - purporting to be that of the five journalists - in Jakarta in 1975.

In attendance, wearing dark glasses, was Ambassador Woolcott.

There was only one coffin.

To this day, the Australian government have made no formal public complaints or launched an official enquiry.

It has since been revealed that senior officials conspired to cover up the details of the murders.

Furthermore, there is plenty of evidence that Australian government officials knew that the journalists were in danger and failed to warn them.

James Dunn, the last Australian consul in East Timor, says that his government knew about the Balibo invasion 12 days before it took place. Shackleton's wife, Shirley, has campaigned in vain for the truth for the last 25 years.

In 1989, she managed to reach Balibo to plant a tree in Greg's memory.

'As I knelt saying a few words to Greg,' she said, 'the most wonderful singing washed over me. On the other side of the road, a young people's choir started up. They had timed their practice to my being there. I shall never forget those voices. They came through the barrier the Indonesians had set between us, and they comforted me. They will never be defeated.'

For further details of Australian complicity with Indonesia, click here.


Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Saudi Arabia has blocked blogger.com


Posted at journalism.co.uk, 5 October 2005, by Jemima Kiss.

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have blocked access to Google-owned blogger.com , according to press freedom group Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF).

Users can read blogs hosted under the blogger domain but can't log in to update their own blogs.

The Saudi Internet Services Unit (ISU) told RSF that it had blocked access to blogger.com but would not give any reason.

The ISU is responsible for enforcing web filtering and censorship but instructions on blocking content are given by the security services.

More than 400,000 political, religious and sexually-orientated sites are blacklisted in the kingdom.

"Saudi Arabia is one of the countries that censors the internet the most, but blog services had not until now been affected by the ISU's filters," said a spokesperson for RSF."

"Only China had so far used such an extreme measure to censor the internet."

More news from journalism.co.uk:

Advice on hand for dissenting bloggers

US web hosts dumps Iranian news site

Blogging: the news journalism?


Saturday, October 01, 2005

Robert Fisk


Robert Fisk appears to support the Bush-Blair-CIA-MI6 viewpoint when it comes to bin Laden.

Fisk appears to support the following ideas:

1. Bin Laden probably did not die in December 2001.
2. Bin Laden did break with his family and did fall out with America.
3. Bin Laden was not working for the CIA-MI6 in Sudan and Afghanistan.
4. Bin Laden was not involved with top Americans in the drugs trade.

Robert Fisk says ( http://www.antiwar.com/bock/b041702.html ) he met bin Laden in Sudan in 1994, having been taken to a remote desert location whose location he wasn't supposed to be able to identify.

In Afghanistan in 1996 bin Laden mainly talked with Mr. Fisk about the corruption of the Saudi regime and his desire to see the Americans and British out of the country. That, rather than concern about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, seemed to be his main obsession then.

Is Fisk being naive, or is there another explanation?

9 11
9 11
9 11 Revealed - The Daily Mail
Michael Meacher - The War on Terrorism is bogus
The 9 11 Commission and David Ray Griffin
Operation Code Angel and Operation Brownstone
Prince Turki, who reportedly met bin Laden in hospital.
Britain and 9 11 : Sir David Manning was in Washington on 9 11

Former MI5 Agent Says 9/11 An Inside Job
Paul Craig Roberts, Morgan Reynolds, William Rodriguez and 9 11
Jack Abramoff and Mohamed Atta
'Former Bush cabinet member says government complicit in 9 11'
was working for the US military?
Tatort and 9 11
Acquittal of 9 11 suspect upheld
Real identity of 9 11 hijackers?
Atif Ahmed
Moussaoui - tool of the security services?
So, what about the shoe bomber?
'US House Speaker Hastert's Turkish allies tied to bin Laden'
FBI 9 11 cover-up
Top al Qaeda operative, Sakra, 'worked for the CIA'.
DATES used by the Pentagon?
Bush, Bin Laden, Drugs....