04 March 2010

Timor Government's attacks on free speech as Ministers warn the media and gag teachers

Education Minister banned teachers talking to media Timor post, March 1, 2010 language source: Tetun -  The Minister of Education, João Câncio Freitas, has banned primary school teachers in the country to talk to the media about the problems related to low quality service delivery of the feeding programs.

Mr. Freitas said that instead of talking to the media, he asked teachers to lodge petition for improvement through the competent direction existing within the ministry of education.

Minister Freitas made the comment regarding the recent school feeding program problems faced by certain primary schools in Timor-Leste.

Mr. Freitas also stressed that school headmasters should made make the requests for improvement through the competent levels within the ministry from the district up to regional and national levels in finding solutions.

The Headmaster of Elementary School No 10 of Home in Lautem, Domingos de Jesus, concerned about the quality of the school feeding program.

Don’t publish too much political news, says State Secretary Pinto to Timor Post Timor post, March 1, 2010    language source: Tetun -  The State Secretary for defense, Julio Tomas Pinto, has asked the Timor Post media not to publish too much political news in its media since many political statements made are not accurate.

The AMP politician made the comment on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Timor Post held last Saturday in Dili.

Mr. Pinto also suggested Timor Post to have more focus on investigative journalism to find data in supporting its news.

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