John Martinkus

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John Martinkus is a print and television journalist renowned in his native Australia for his courageous reporting from conflict zones.

He began reporting from Indonesian occupied East Timor in 1995 and set up base there permanently in 1998. His reporting for Associated Press helped sway international opinion and send in a UN peacekeeping force in late 1999 after the Indonesian military reacted violently to a UN held referendum in which 87% of East Timorese voted for Independence.

He reported extensively from Papua and Aceh in Indonesia, two provinces which have also had long running wars for separation from Indonesia.

He also reported from Afghanistan and Iraq. In October 2004, he was kidnapped outside his hotel in Baghdad by Sunni Insurgents who released him 24 hours later after using the internet to verify his status as a journalist.[1]

John lives in the city of Hobart, Tasmania. He is a teacher at the University of Tasmania, specialising in Journalism. He is a highly respected staff member in the school of Journalism, Media and Communications, which is part of the Faculty of Arts.


  • A Dirty Little War, East Timor 1997-2000 (Random House 2001)
  • Paradise Betrayed: West Papua's Struggle for Independence (Black Inc 2002)
  • Indonesia's Secret War in Aceh (Random House 2004)
  • Travels in American Iraq (Black Inc 2004)