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East Timor: Gossip Trouble

Categories: East Asia, Timor-Leste, Governance, Media & Journalism, War & Conflict

The blogger at Timorsunshine blog blames gossip for reoccurring trouble [1] in the country. “It's strange that i should be saying this – but i think what the government needs is a great mouthpiece to spread its propaganda – or in a less biased way – spread INFORMATION. There's a lack of accurate information dissemination in this country – lots of people rely on LIA ANIN (“windy words”) or GOSSIP – and statements repeated through a chain of whispers until they become distorted and incendiary in some cases.”