16 October 2015

Forty years since the murder of the Balibo 5 and Roger East by Indonesia

ETLJB 16/10/2015 - 40 years ago this Friday, 16 October, five Australian journalists were murdered while reporting from the town of Balibo in East Timor. A sixth Australian journalist, Roger East, was killed two months later during the Indonesian invasion.

A short service will be held at dawn at the War Correspondents' Memorial of the Australian War Memorial. The dedication will include a minute's silence and the laying of wreaths.

Journalists and the public are invited to attend. Discrete camera positions will be available. Interviews will be available after the ceremony.

Who: Shirley Shackleton, wife of Greg Shackleton;John Milkins, son of Garry Cunningham; Paul Stewart, brother of Tony Stewart; Warwick Costin, CEW Bean Foundation; Representatives from the Timor Leste Embassy; The Hon. Nick Xenophon, Independent Senator for South Australia; Mark Riley, Seven Network; Quentin Dempster, Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA);

What: Commemorative Wreathlaying Ceremony

Where: War Correspondents Memorial, Australian War Memorial Treloar Cres, Campbell ACT 2612, Australia When: 6 am for 6.15 am start, Friday 16 October 2015

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