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Jakarta Post

`Balibo' screening canceled, deemed `too risky'

  • Bruce Emond

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 2 2009   /  01:18 pm

The Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club (JFCC) decided to "err on the side of caution" in canceling a private screening Tuesday of Balibo, a movie about the death of five Australian journalists in the then East Timor in 1975, said JFCC president Jason Tedjasukman. With the movie scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., Tedjasukmana told about 150 people assembled at the Blitz Megaplex at the Grand Indonesia shopping mall, Central Jakarta, that the club was informed late in the afternoon by Jakarta International Film Festival (JIFFest) organizers that the movie was banned. "I haven't received anything official but after consulting with our legal advisers, we decided it would be too risky because, while this is a private screening, it would be in a public place thus violating the law," he said. Tedjasukmana said producers John Maynard and Rebecca Williamson and director Robert Conolly...