8 Jul 2010

Balibo widow testifies in Jakarta

9:24 pm on 8 July 2010

The widow of an Australian journalist killed by Indonesian troops in East Timor in 1975 has testified in a Jakarta court.

Shirley Shackleton travelled to Jakarta to testify in a court case against the Indonesian government's decision to ban the Australian feature film Balibo.

The film depicts the murder of her husband Greg and four other journalists, including the New Zealand cameraman Gary Cunningham, by Indonesian forces invading East Timor in 1975.

The government banned the film, citing the violence it depicts and its failure to represent the Indonesian government's perspective.

Mrs Shackleton says she hopes the Indonesian people will be allowed to make up their own minds.

The judge is expected to make a ruling next month.