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Top 40 Book Club : December 2009
39 BALIBO JILL JOLIFFE For Jill Joliffe, Balibo has consumed her professional life. She began her career as a journalist in East Timor in September 1975, one month before the death of her colleagues, known as the Balibo Five. This book introduces the journalists, and re-constructs the scene of the killing during the Indonesian invasion of East Timor. Joliffe uncovers fresh evidence from eye-witnesses emboldened by their new freedom in independent East Timor. A UN enquiry was begun with good intent but was dropped as more damning evidence emerged about the role of eminent members of Indonesian military forces. 'for Jill Joliffe, Balibo has consumed her professional life'