The International Federation of Journalists
(IFJ) has received news from its affiliate the Timore Lorosa’e Journalists’
Association (TLJA) that a radio broadcaster was stabbed in Timor Leste’s
capital city Dili, on August 10.
The reporter has been identified as Leoneto Gonsalves, a presenter
that works at Dili-based community radio station Radio Rankambia, that
covers politics and business, as well as campaigns for media freedom, social
justice and development.
According to Radio
Rankambia’s Director Eurico Pereira, Gonsalves was stabbed three times by two
as-yet-unidentified persons on motorbikes. Gonsalves was reportedly in front of
the offices of Timor Leste’s Anti-Corruption Commission, in the district of
Farol, when the attack occurred.
Pereira told the TLJA that the reporter was stabbed in the stomach before his radio
program on August 10.
The TLJA confirmed Gonsalves sustained serious injuries
to the stomach and required surgery.
He is recovering at Guido Valadares
(formerly Dili) National Hospital.
Police are still investigating the attack, and have yet
to establish the motive. However, some reports have suggested a link to
Gonsalves’ work on a report on corruption.
“We urge the authorities in Dili to move to quickly to establish
a motive for the stabbing and arrest those responsible” said the IFJ Asia
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