Since November 30, 1971.

MEAA Timor-Leste press freedom fundraiser


In Timor-Leste, one of the world’s youngest democracies, press freedom is still a work in progress.

Earlier this year, Raimundos Oki, one of Timor’s leading young journalists, narrowly avoided jail over an article he wrote about Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araujo. The case sparked an international campaign and brought the spotlight onto the limits of press freedom in Timor.

Hear Raimundos Oki speak about his case and the struggle for free media in Melbourne on August 31 at a special event presented by the Balibó Five-Roger East Fellowship*.

This event will also hear from John Milkins, the son of Channel Seven camera man Gary Cunningham, who was killed by Indonesian soldiers at Balibó on October 16, 1975. Rounding out the speakers will be Professor Damien Kingsbury from Deakin University, recently returned from observing Timor-Leste’s parliamentary elections.

This event will be a fundraiser for the Balibó House Trust and for Union Aid Abroad-Apheda. A small donation will be requested on admission.

The Balibó Five-Roger East Fellowship is an initiative of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance and Union Aid Abroad-Apheda. Established in 2015, the fellowship aims to strengthen journalism in Timor, build ties between journalists in Australia and Timor, and remember the murders of six Australian-based journalists before and during the Indonesian invasion of Timor in 1975.

Date and time
Thursday 31 August, 6:30-8:00pm.

Victorian Trades Hall
54 Lygon Street, Carlton South

Go to the MEAA website to register

Apply to join the Melbourne Press Club

Membership is $85 for journalists, $110 for associate members and $40 for students.

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