OverviewFeaturing six additional chapters, this revised edition reveals the provocative story of one of the most shameful episodes in Australia's history, providing a firsthand account of the 1975 deaths of five young television reporters killed by the Indonesian military in the East Timor border town of Balibo. Chronicling how the reporters died as well as the eventual execution of a sixth reporter who attempted to investigate their fate, this gripping depiction also documents the personal narratives behind the families of the victims and their heartbreaking struggle for the truth. Contending that the Australian government was always aware of the circumstances of the killings, this argument maintains that their cover-up was a key factor in Indonesia's decision to invade and occupy East Timor. With a striking collection of photographs from its thrilling companion film, this searing recollection is as much an investigation of the Indonesian occupation of East Timor as it is a case study of the Balibo killings.
Author BiographyJill Jolliffe was working as a freelance correspondent for Reuters when in 1975 she witnessed the first incursions of Indonesian troops and reported the deaths of her five colleagues. She has followed and covered events in East Timor and other hot spots for the Age, the Guardian, the Sunday Times, the Sydney Morning Herald, and the BBC.