Sander Thoenes

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Attacks on the Press 2003: East Timor

March 11, 2004 12:05 PM ET

Despite widespread poverty in this island nation, a fledgling press has developed out of the destruction that followed the territory's vote for independence from Indonesia in 1999. Since May 2002, East Timor has been sovereign, with only a small U.N....

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Attacks on the Press 2002: East Timor

March 31, 2003 12:07 PM ET

A decades-long struggle for independence ended on May 20, when the U.N. Transitional Authority for East Timor (UNTAET) formally handed power to East Timor's first elected government, making the tiny half-island state the first new nation of the millennium. A...

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Attacks on the Press 2002: Indonesia

March 31, 2003 12:06 PM ET

Separatist rebellions, a deteriorating economy, and political intrigue combined to keep Indonesia on edge for much of 2002. But despite the many challenges and tensions facing the country, the press remained substantially free and hung on to most gains made...

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November 7, 2002 12:00 PM ET

New York, November 7, 2002—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) welcomes yesterday's indictment in East Timor of two suspected murderers of Dutch journalist Sander Thoenes, who was killed in Dili on September 21, 1999, while he was reporting for The...

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CPJ disturbed by announcement to abandon murder investigation

June 18, 2002 12:00 PM ET

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply disturbed by the announcement last week that Indonesian officials are abandoning their investigation into the murder of Sander Thoenes, a Dutch journalist who was reporting for The Financial Times and The Christian Science Monitor when he was killed in East Timor in September 1999. Separate investigations conducted by the United Nations, Dutch authorities, and The Christian Science Monitor identified members of Indonesian army Battalion 745 as prime suspects in the murder.

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Attacks on the Press 2001: East Timor

March 26, 2002 12:08 PM ET

East Timor's media faced their first real test under a democratic environment when they covered September's United Nations-supervised poll electing a constituent assembly and a transitional government. The press performed admirably, with few cases of political harassment and most Timorese...

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Attacks on the Press 2001: Indonesia

March 26, 2002 12:06 PM ET

Another year of political turmoil saw the Indonesian press clinging to its hard-won freedoms. But President Megawati Sukarnoputri, who took over from the quixotic Abdurrahman Wahid in July, is showing worrying signs of being less friendly toward the press than...

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Killers of Indonesian journalist convicted of "crimes against humanity"

December 12, 2001 12:00 PM ET

New York, December 12, 2001—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) welcomes yesterday's announcement that the killers of journalist Agus Muliawan were among those convicted of "crimes against humanity" in connection with the violence that surrounded East Timor's August 1999...

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Attacks on the Press 2000: East Timor

March 19, 2001 12:07 PM ET

EMERGING FROM DARKNESS AND DEVASTATION, East Timor's journalists took their first steps toward building an independent press for the fledgling nation. The leaders of the new country have pledged to promote press freedom after they achieve formal independence (expected by...

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Justice Delayed

November 3, 2000 8:17 PM ET

The UN and the Indonesian government both think they know who killed two journalists in East Timor last year. So why aren't the suspects on trial?...

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