19 June 2010

Fretilin and CNRT condemn police officers who assaulted a journalist

Diario Nacional, June 17, 2010 language source: Tetun - Members of the National Parliament from both Fretilin and the National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) have strongly condemned the actions of the task force police officers who recently assaulted a journalist from the Diario Nacional daily newspaper saying that such violations by the police threaten freedom of the press in the country.

MP Aderito Hugo da Costa from CNRT said such actions by the National Police officers would be a threat to the country’s freedom of the press. 

Meanwhile, MP Jose Texeira from Fretilin said it was a serious case that needed to be handled by the state secretary for security, because such actions had happened many times including the case of the assault by police officers of a resident of Atauro last year.

Texeira added that the assault of the journalist was a violation and was against the country’s constitution.

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