28 Mar 2009

Indonesia's Foreign Affairs Ministry says Dutch journalist will be deported

10:09 am on 28 March 2009

Indonesia's Foreign Affairs Ministry says the government will immediately deport four Dutch journalists who were arrested by immigration authorities for covering rallies in Jayapura, Papua province.

The Jakarta Post says 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.

A Foreign Affairs Ministry, spokesperson, told The Jakarta Post, without specifying a date, that the journalists will be deported from Indonesia on the same day Mr Jouwe Indonesia.