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Tony Maniaty at Lowy Institute for International Policy

Tony Maniaty addressed the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney on 26 August 2009 on 'Television and War: The Legacy of Balibo'. Difficult and dangerous work, covering wars has become a core component of modern conflict - from Vietnam to Iraq, TV coverage has impacted strongly on public support for wars and strategic policy.

But it's also met barriers: from embedding and censorship to the deliberate targeting, kidnapping and cold-blooded murder of journalists. Tony Maniaty referred to the more than 1,000 media workers who've died on the job worldwide in the past decade, outlined strategies for reducing the toll, and called on governments to use every means at their disposal to investgate and prosecute those who kill journalists attempting to seek out the truth.

Listen to Tony's introductory remarks here and the full address here.


Balibo the movie: official website


The website for Robert Connolly's feature film Balibo is online. It features the stunning cinema trailer and poster, cast profiles, samples of Lisa Gerrard's sublime soundtrack, production stills and an insightful timeline from the film's consulting historian Dr Clinton Fernandes of the Australian Defence Force Academy. Click here to see it all.

Balibo is available on DVD from Amazon UK, click here; Amazon US, click here; dstore Australia, click here.


Balibo raises funds for news safety

Organised by the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism and UTS Journalism, a special screening of Balibo in Sydney on 18 August 2009 raised more than $2,700 for the Brussels-based International News Safety Institute (INSI), which provides training and protection for journalists working in dangerous situations.

The screening was followed by a panel discussion hosted by ABC presenter Quentin Dempster, featuring actor Anthony LaPaglia (playing Roger East), actor Damon Gameau (playing Greg Shackleton), Balibo Director of Photography Tristan Milani, and Tony Maniaty, author of Shooting Balibo and senior lecturer in international journalism at the University of Technology Sydney. Tony covered the war in East Timor in 1975 for ABC News. 

INSI's Director, Rodney Pinder, sent an email thanking all those involved. 'The money raised will be ploughed back into INSI's safety work. Every contribution to INSI goes toward helping colleagues who put their lives on the line to tell the story yet lack the resources adequately to protect themselves. It is of course too late for the Balibo Five and Roger East but perhaps your initiative and the attendant publicity will help achieve some justice at last. It most certainly will contribute in a very real and practical way to helping save lives in the future.' For more about INSI's work, visit

Below left: Tristan Milani, Tony Maniaty, Damon Gameau and Anthony LaPaglia at Palace Cinema, Leichhardt, Sydney. Below right: Anthony LaPaglia and Tony Maniaty at INSI fundraiser. (Photos: Jon Harris/Kim Noble)


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IPI Repeats Call for Justice for Journalists Murdered in East Timor

At their annual General Assembly on 9 June in Helsinki, Finland, members of the International Press Institute again called for justice for the six Australia-based journalists murdered in East Timor in 1975. Click here.

IPI Feature: Three Decades On, Families of Journalists Still Waiting for Justice to be Served. Click here.


Shooting Balibo @ National Library of Australia

Tony Maniaty discussed Shooting Balibo at the National Library of Australia in Canberra on 29 July 2009. Listen here.

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