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Jakarta Post

Deportation imminent for four Dutch journalists

  • Irawaty Wardany and Mustaqim Adamrah

    The Jakarta Post

JAKARTA   /   Fri, March 27 2009   /  11:15 am

The Indonesian government will immediately deport four Dutch journalists who were arrested by immigration authorities for covering rallies in Jayapura, Papua province, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said Thursday.
Police released the foreign journalists Wednesday after they were held for questioning in Jayapura.
They were taken into custody Tuesday for attempting to cover the return of Nicholas Jouwe, a founder of the pro-independence Free Papua Movement, from more than 40 years in exile in the Netherlands.
The journalists will be deported from Indonesia on the same day as Nicholas leaves Indonesia, Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah told The Jakarta Post, without specifying a date.
Immigration officials said the Dutch journalists joined Nicholas’ entourage on his return to Papua last week.
Foreign Minister Hassan...