Subject: UNOTIL Daily Media Review 14 June 2005


Daily Press Review

Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review Tuesday, 14 June 2005

Inquest to probe journalist's death in Timor-Leste

The New South Wales Coroner has agreed to conduct an inquest into the death of an Australian journalist in Timor-Leste 30 years ago. Brian Peters was a member of the 'Balibo five' group of journalists who died in 1975 while covering the Indonesian invasion of Timor-Leste.

Mr Peters' sister, Maureen Tolfree, has not been satisfied with official explanations of her brother's death, which said he had been killed in crossfire. She requested that the Coroner investigate the death.

Ms Tolfree's lawyer, Robert Dubler, says he believes there are now eyewitness accounts of Mr Peter's death. (ABC)

Parliament to approve budget with good conscience

The President of the National Parliament, Francisco Guterres, said that the Parliament will use their good conscious to approve the 2005-06 budget proposal. Even though the Parliamentarians do not fully understand the mathematics of the budget, they understand the political implications for each ministry, he said. He added that before approving the budget, the Parliament will invite the Prime Minister and the Minister for Planning and Finance to formally present the budget to the Parliament.

The Parliament's Commission C yesterday formally received the budget proposal from the President of the Parliament for discussion. Head of Commission C, Manuel Tilman, said that he would draw up a calendar for discussion in a 15-day timeframe. (Timor Post, STL)

MH bribery case to be sent to court

The bribery allegations against an official in the Ministry of Health have been sent to the Prosecutor General to be processed in court. According to a notice released by the Ministry of Health yesterday, the Health Inspector and the Inspector General have investigated the allegations of bribery by a contractor to an official in one of the Ministry of Health's district offices, in order that the contractor win the contract for the rehabilitation of a health facility in that district. The investigation also indicated that there was some falsification of facts in the accountability report that was sent to the development partner who financed the project. The Ministry of Health has temporarily suspended the suspect officer while waiting for a court determination of the case. (Timor Post)

WB to train female journalists

Timorese female journalists will receive special training from the World Bank this coming July. Elisabeth Huybens, Country Manager of the World Bank in Timor-Leste, told Timor Post that the World Bank sees a need for journalism training for female journalists in the country. She said that she hopes that the upcoming training will help female journalists to be more confident and thus take part in World Bank conferences and meetings. Huybens added that the Bank would also soon run a seminar on the petroleum sector for journalists so that they may better understand the issue. (Timor Post)

Truth Commission names not yet decided

Timor-Leste has not yet decided on the five members to sit on the Timor-Leste side of the Truth and Friendship Commission, according to the President's Chief of Staff, Agio Pereira. Pereira said that once the names have been confirmed, the President's Office will be sure to inform the media. (Timor Post)

Twenty Timorese health workers leave for Japan

In order to increase the capabilities of health workers in Timor-Leste, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), working together with the Department of Health, will today send 20 health workers to Japan to participate in a three-week training. The 20 participants are from Timor-Leste's 13 districts. According to JICA's resident representative in Timor-Leste, Deshiaki Tanaka, this will be the first of five such visits to Japan for a group of health workers. He added that Japan has previously already sent 100 Timorese to Japan to increase Timor-Leste's human resource capacity in a range of areas. (STL)

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