Feb
01
2001

Our Man in Bolivia

AP correspondent resigns amid major conflicts

The Associated Press' long-time Bolivia correspondent, Peter McFarren, resigned late last year after his extensive involvement in Bolivian politics was revealed. What is still unclear, however, is why AP allowed someone with so many conflicts of interest to be a correspondent in the first place. The Internet-based Narco News Bulletin (10/6/00) was the first to reveal that McFarren personally lobbied the Bolivian legislature in September 2000 on behalf of a corporate water project. Some of the profits from the Bolivian Hydro-Resources Corporation’s $78 million project would go to a foundation created and presided over by McFarren. Narco News called McFarren, […]

May
01
1999

East Timor on the Wires

AP, Reuters transmit Indonesia's official version

When the Indonesian government announced in January that it would consider cutting East Timor loose if people there refused its autonomy proposal, reports started surfacing that tensions between pro-Indonesia and pro-independence East Timorese had reached a critical point. Reuters wrote (3/10/99): "President B.J. Habibie...startled the world by suggesting independence as a 'second option' if autonomy were rejected, touching off fighting between pro- and anti-independence Timorese factions." The Associated Press reported soon after Habibie's announcement (2/16/99) that "pro-Indonesian activists have warned of the possibility of civil war among rival East Timorese factions if Indonesia withdraws troops from the territory." The wire […]