Subject: LUSA: First bilingual Portuguese-Tétum newspaper goes public

East Timor: First bilingual Portuguese-Tétum newspaper goes public

Dili, March 18 (Lusa) - "Lia Foun", East Timor's first fully bilingual newspaper, hit the streets Friday, with the weekly's director forecasting it will underline the importance of Portuguese to the country's cultural identity.

"Anyone who still has doubts will finally understand the importance of the Portuguese language to Tétum and, consequently, for the very identity of this people", Vasco Carrascalão da Silva, said, referring to Timor's two official languages.

The 28-page "Lia Foun", or +news+ in Tétum, will have a weekly print run of 5,000 with a cover price equal to about euros 0.35, Carrascalão da Silva, the newspaper's director, said.

The weekly has foreign correspondents in Portugal, Australia and Indonesia and counts on contributions from Lisbon-based Angolan author José Eduardo Agualusa.



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