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dc.contributor.authorHearman, Vannessa
dc.contributor.editorJob, Peter
dc.contributor.editorDa Silva, Antero
dc.contributor.editorCanas Mendes, Nuno
dc.contributor.editorDa Costa Ximenes, Alarico
dc.contributor.editorBarreto Soares, Mica
dc.contributor.editorNiner, Sara
dc.contributor.editorTam, Therese
dc.identifier.citationHearman, V. 2018. Missing the boat: Indonesian Kompas newspaper’s 1995 reporting on asylum seekers from East Timor. In Timor-Leste Studies Association’s New Research on Timor Leste Conference, 29th Jun 2017, Dili, Timor-Leste.

The Indonesian government reported that a group of people had stolen the Tasi Diak (Good Sea) 119, a wooden fishing boat, from the port of Hera in May 1995. Five days after the boat was reported missing, it arrived in Darwin, Australia, carrying seventeen Timorese: 15 young men, 2 women and a baby. This was to be the only boat arrival of asylum seekers from Indonesian-occupied East Timor in the 1990s. The boat passengers claimed asylum on the grounds of Indonesian persecution but were sent to detention at the Curtin Air Force Base in Western Australia for approximately 7 weeks in June-July 1995. This paper analyses the coverage, between June and August 1995, of East Timor generally and the boat voyage specifically in the Indonesian national newspaper, Kompas compared to the coverage in Australian newspapers. The paper shows the constraints experienced by a media operating under the authoritarian New Order regime in a time of media bans and the jailing of writers and activists.

dc.publisherSwinburne University
dc.subject2103 - Historical Studies
dc.subject1606 - Political Science
dc.subject2001 - Communication and Media Studies
dc.titleMissing the boat: Indonesian Kompas newspaper’s 1995 reporting on asylum seekers from East Timor
dc.typeConference Paper
dcterms.source.titlePeskiza foun kona-ba Timor-Leste / Novas investigações sobre Timor-Leste / New research on Timor-Leste / Penelitian baru tentang Timor-Leste
dcterms.source.conferenceTimor-Leste Studies Association’s New Research on Timor-Leste
dcterms.source.conference-start-date29 June 2017
dcterms.source.conferencelocationDili, Timor-Leste
curtin.departmentSchool of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry
curtin.accessStatusOpen access
curtin.facultyFaculty of Humanities
curtin.contributor.orcidHearman, Vannessa [0000-0002-2837-9572]
dcterms.source.conference-end-date30 Jun 2017
curtin.contributor.scopusauthoridHearman, Vannessa [23396579700]

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