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Media 'face arrest' over inaccurate reporting
Title -- 5281 TIMOR-LESTE: Media 'face arrest' over inaccurate reporting
Date -- 27 January 2008
Byline -- Grey Ansley
Origin -- Pacific Media Watch
Source -- ABC Radio Australia 25/1/08
Copyright - RA
Status -- Unabridged
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MEDIA 'FACE ARREST' OVER INACCURATE REPORTING, PM WARNS
MELBOURNE (RA Online/Pacific Media Watch): During a recent press conference in East Timor, Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao had been expected to discuss reports of a "stampede" outside a government office earlier this month in which, according to local media, three people were killed and a dozen more were injured.
But Gusmao took a very different tack, denying the stampede took place and threatening to arrest members of the press if they publish or broadcast misinformation that might detabilise East Timor.
Presenter - Stephanie March Speaker - Mouzinho Lopes de Araujo, Editor-in-Chief of the Timor Post; Xanana Gusmao, East Timor Prime Minister.
Mouzinho Lopes de Araujo is the editor-in-chief of the Timor Post:
When Xanana Gusmao called a press conference last week, journalists were expecting a response from the country's Prime Minister about a report that three people died and 12 were injured in a "stampede" while waiting in line for a $100,000 government Small Business subsidy outside the offices of the Ministry of Social Solidarity.
Instead, they heard this:
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