November 23, 1994

Green Left is not only a newspaper. We do not choose what we cover in the same way that the establishment press does. We do not seek to sensationalise, or to exploit subjects. For Green Left, reporting is an act of solidarity.

So it is with the 29 East Timorese students occupying the compound of the US embassy in Jakarta. For the commercial press, this was a diversion, a sensational development on the eve of the APEC summit. As soon as APEC concluded, the international media show moved on and the East Timorese students were left to their fate.

For Green Left Weekly the actions of the Timorese students are not an amusing novelty. The action of the students has to be seen in the light of the 19-year campaign of the East Timorese people to free their homeland.

Coverage of the struggle of the East Timorese for justice is a permanent feature of our editorial policy. Green Left seeks not only to cover the "news", but to provide active solidarity with those in struggle, from East Timor to Bougainville to Palestine to South Africa.

Our resources are directed toward publicising the events that are often brushed aside by the media in the interest of international diplomacy. Green Left is not afraid to embarrass those with blood on their hands, no matter where they are.

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