Subject: UNMISET Daily Media Review 17 March 2005

UNMISET Daily Press Review

Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review Thursday, 17 March 2005

Population questions government’s newspaper boycott

As part of an open dialogue between the people of Manatuto district and the Timor-Leste President, the local population questioned Xanana Gusmão about the current boycott by the government of the national newspaper Suara Timor Lorosae (STL). The President told the community the boycott doesn’t mean that there is no longer press freedom in the country, but that the issue had come about because the government had reacted emotionally to STL’s news reporting. According to the President, media is one of the strengths in national development and it has a social and educational role. He said that the government has simply stopped being a customer of STL. (STL)

Kakoak Air to make inaugural flight

Kakoak Air will make its inaugural Dili-Kupang flight tomorrow. The Director of Kakoak Air, Jorge Seranno, said that several high officials have been invited to take part in the inaugural flight, including President Xanana Gusmao and President of the National Parliament Francisco Guterres. Jorge said that the new airline will fly the Dili-Kupang twice per week (Friday and Saturday) for US$50. He explained that he had taken the initiative to establish this new airline to serve the community who wish to travel to Indonesia via Kupang and also for students currently studying in Indonesia so that they can make affordable trips back home. (STL)

TL opens consulate general in Surabaya

Timor-Leste plans to open a consulate general in Surabaya. The new consulate general will speed up the processing of documents as well as enhance economic and educational ties between Surabaya and Dili. There are currently 500 East Timorese studying in Surabaya. (The Jakarta Post)

Five PNTL Officers To be Trained in Mozambique

PNTL General Commander Paulo Fatima Martins has announced that five PNTL officers have been selected to obtain further training on policing in Mozambique for four years. (Timor Post)

Sebastião Dias Ximenes: “When elected to be Provedor, I will carry out duties based on Constitution”

Speaking to the media yesterday, Dili University Rector, Sebastião Dias Ximenes, who has been nominated by Fretilin as the candidate for the post of Provedor of Human Rights and Justice said he accepted the candidacy because he respected the trust bestowed on him by Fretilin. “If I am elected by the majority of votes, I will be ready to investigate anyone as well as any member of Government who violates human rights.” (Timor Post)

Women Have the Rights To Know About Petroleum Fund

The Director of Timor-Leste’s Women Network, REDE Laura Menezes stated that Timorese women also have the right to know about the petroleum fund, adding that this will enable them to contribute ideas on how to spend the funds much better for the next generation.

Moreover, Menezes said the most important thing is that there should be legislation on the access for information on the fund so that the general public will immediately be informed on the matter whenever they need. (Timor Post)

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