Special Report – By Shannon Gillies in Dili
Confusion reigns over a controversial media law adopted by Parliament but yet to be promulgated in the fledgling Asia-Pacific democracy of Timor-Leste.
Timor-Leste parliamentarians have adopted a new media law that does not differentiate between journalists and social media users, will impose licensing for journalists and a narrow definition of a “journalist” and potentially bars foreign journalists.
Journalists are expected to fall into line with the government’s media definitions and foreign reporters could be blocked at the country’s borders. Read more »