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East Timor elites try to muzzle media

East Timor’s authorities want to restrict the media — making a mockery of freedom of speech in the country. Jose Belo, East Timorese journalist and director of Tempo Semanal, explains.

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In Timor-Leste, it’s spies like us … or like them, anyway

Will Australia have to give up more of the Timor Sea after being caught spying on Timor-Leste? Our foreign affairs expert visits the fledgling nation to gauge reaction to the spying revelations.

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Why whistleblowing spies have to go to the media

The whistleblower in the East Timor spying case tried to use internal mechanisms to raise concerns, and was ignored. They’re now under fire for going public. Well, what were they supposed to do?

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The war on whistleblowers — it’s come to Australia

The tactics of the Obama administration’s war on whistleblowers and journalists have now been openly deployed in Australia. The Coalition government is on the attack.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: traffic cop Xanana Gusmao

Who said Prime Ministers are incapable of helping solve the real problems of their people? Timor Leste’s Xanana Gusmao helps clear traffic.

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Timor-Leste elections: ‘even if we lose we win’

For the Australian media the 2012 Timor-Leste Parliamentary elections barely rated a blip on the radar. But, as one party president told Bob Gosford, “even if we lose we win.”

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Gusmao victory consolidates democracy in Timor-Leste

After changing government in 2007, the people of Timor-Leste have again voted strategically, to focus their vote on the major parties.

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Come in Spinner: media relations — impossible to so, so easy

In the 1970s, legendary journalist and editor Richard L’Estrange (commonly known as Dick the Odd) described the then Victorian parliamentary press gallery as “a club”.

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In Timor-Leste, an admirably free and fair presidential run-off

Monday’s runoff vote is another step in the reconfiguration of East Timorese politics, writes Michael Leach, associate professor in politics at Swinburne University, at Inside Story

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East Timor: Our very own failed state

In a magnificent triumph for Australian foreign policy, Timor-Leste has come in at Number 20 on Foreign Policy, magazine’s Failed State Index for 2007.

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