Friday, December 16, 2011
Indian journalists held in Myanmar
Myanmar will deport two Indian Journalist stopped and detained for being found without a valid travelling document in a restricted Myanmar area at the beginning of December. Rajjb Bhattacharya and photographer Pradip Gogoi were trying to interview Paresh Baruah, the leader of the United Liberation Front of Asom, a separatist group fighting for the independence of the northern Indian Assam state and considered a terrorist group by New Delhi. The two were reported to have been detained for investigations in the north eastern part of Myanmar, near the Chinese border. Indian authorities obtained the release of the two journalists after diplomatic efforts. The Myanmar authorities accepted to expel the journalists after further investigation and, probably, the confiscation of their cameras and phones.