INDONESIA: Australian TV crew deported
Film crew, including Today Tonight host, finally deported for misusing tourist visas
Friday, September 15, 2006
Five Australian Channel Seven TV journalists were deported from Papua on Thursday for allegedly misusing their tourist visa for journalistic activities.
"They were deported at the request of the Papua police who learned that the journalists meant to do journalistic activities in Jayapura and Boven Digul," Jayapura immigration chief Giri Hariyanto said.
The five-member TV crew, including Today Tonight host Naomi Robson, left Jayapura to Jakarta on Batavia Air at 3 p.m. Papua time. They arrived in Jayapura on Sept. 12, 2006.
Papua police chief Insp. Gen. Tommy Jacobus said that the visa the Australians obtained on their arrival was valid for tourist visit, not for journalistic purposes.
"The Australian Embassy in Jakarta had also asked Indonesian foreign ministry to help arrange their departure from Papua." he told The Jakarta Post.
Today Tonight was quoted by AP as telling its viewers Thursday that the crew had gone to Papua to rescue a six-year old orphan boy named Wa Wa who is destined to be eaten by his tribe, "the last known practicing cannibals on earth."
Date Posted: 9/15/2006