Timor-Leste investigative journalist José Belo has been presented with one of the 2013 Sérgio Vieira de Mello human rights awards by the President, Taur Matan Ruak. Pacific Scoop’s David Robie profiles the Tempo Semanal publisher in an interview in Dili a few days before the award.
Timor-Leste newspaper editor and investigative journalist José Belo is no stranger to controversy, legal threats or the inside of a prison cell.
He was imprisoned and tortured by the Indonesian occupation forces for a period during the 24 years of illegal occupation of Timor-Leste while smuggling out reports to the world from the beleagured resistance movement.
Five years ago he was threatened with a seven-year prison sentence for criminal defamation over allegations of corruption against the then justice minister. Read more »