Journalists Killed by Indonesian Army in 1975, Inquiry Finds

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An Australian coroner concluded Friday that the Indonesian Army killed five Australia-based journalists at the beginning of its 1975 invasion of East Timor to prevent news of an Indonesian attack from reaching the outside world.

The inquiry found that the five journalists — Greg Shackleton and Tony Stewart of Australia, Brian Peters and Malcolm Rennie of Britain, and Gary Cunningham of New Zealand — were killed by Indonesian forces in the village of Balibo, nearly two months before the Indonesian Army took over all of East Timor, then a Portuguese colony.

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