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

“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.”

For more information, please contact:

Jose Teixeira (+670) 728 7080 or send an email to,

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