Balibo inquest 'may rewrite history'





History may be rewritten on Friday when a coroner hands down a finding over the deaths of five Australian-based newsmen gunned down in East Timor.

Deputy NSW coroner Dorelle Pinch will hand down her finding on the death of Channel Nine cameraman Brian Peters, who was slain with four of his colleagues at Balibo on October 16, 1975.

Official reports have long maintained the five men were killed in crossfire during Indonesia's controversial invasion of East Timor.

But evidence given at the eight-week inquest suggested the Indonesian army had been tracking the journalists and official orders were given for them to be executed.

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