Max Stahl: Blue Peter host and film-maker who captured East Timor struggle dies

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Max Stahl, who went from Blue Peter presenter to award-winning film-maker and East Timor national hero after his footage brought global attention to a massacre there, has died aged 66. He was known as Christopher Wenner when he co-hosted the BBC children’s programme from 1978-80. As Max Stahl, he filmed the 1991 massacre of 271 protesters against Indonesian rule in East Timor. Former East Timor President José Ramos-Horta called him a “treasured son”. “We honour him as one of the true heroes of our struggle,” Ramos-Horta wrote on Facebook shortly before the film-maker’s death. Indonesia had ruled the former Portuguese colony since invading in 1975, and Stahl had travelled there in 1991, following the relaxation of restrictions for tourists after 1989.(BBC)…[+]