Program
Massacre: The Story of East Timor
Producing Organization
WBAI Radio (New York, N.Y.)
Pacifica Radio
Contributing Organization
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip-526-2b8v980n0g
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Description
Program Description
"MASSACRE: The Story of East Timor was aired on the first anniversary of the Dili massacre On November 12, 1991, Indonesian soldiers opened fire on a procession of peaceful East Timorese, killing more than 140 of them. Journalist Alan Nairn and I were covering the commemoration procession that day and walked between the soldiers and the people to try to head off the attack. The soldiers beat us, fracturing Nairn's skull. "In 1975, when Indonesia invaded East Timor, soldiers executed six Australian journalists, leaving no journalists to cover the invasion and subsequent events. For more than a dozen years, Indonesia closed East Timor to the outside world and killed more than 200,000 Timorese. While the soldiers lined up to shoot us, they decided not to execute us, probably because we are from the United States, the same country which supplies their weapons. "We escaped from East Timor a few hours after the massacre. When we made it to a hospital on Guam, we reported the story to news outlets around the world. The Indonesian government then banned us from returning, saying we were a threat to national security. "MASSACRE is the only US radio documentary ever made about East Timor. It looks at the massacre, world reaction to it with special emphasis on the United States, and documents the history of East Timor since the Indonesian invasion. In addition to our initial reports and the documentary, we testified before the United Nations and the US Congress. After debate in which our coverage was cited extensively, Congress cut off all military training aid to Indonesia."-- 1992 Peabody Awards entry form.
Broadcast Date
1992-11-12
Created Date
1992-11-12
Asset type
Program
Media type
Sound
Duration
00:28:53.688
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Credits
Producing Organization: WBAI Radio (New York, N.Y.)
Producing Organization: Pacifica Radio
AAPB Contributor Holdings
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
Identifier: cpb-aacip-128070dd729 (Filename)
Format: 1/4 inch audio cassette
Duration: 0:29:00
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Citations
Chicago: “Massacre: The Story of East Timor,” 1992-11-12, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 26, 2022, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-2b8v980n0g.
MLA: “Massacre: The Story of East Timor.” 1992-11-12. The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 26, 2022. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-2b8v980n0g>.
APA: Massacre: The Story of East Timor. Boston, MA: The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-2b8v980n0g