Indonesia Scores One For Press Repression & Environmental Destruction - Reporters, Activists Deported

palm oil plantation destruction photo

The sort of destruction trying to be prevented... photo: Greenpeace.

Seems the government of Indonesia didn't much like Greenpeace activists trying to disrupt the continued destruction of rainforest for plantation agriculture. Nor did they appreciate foreign journalists documenting the situation. On Monday two non-Indonesian activists, as well as an Indian and an Italian journalist were deported from the country:The journalists, from the Hindustan Times and L'espresso, as well as one the activists, were stopped "while observing the devastating effects of deforestation on the side of a public road" near Pekanbaru, Sumatra, Greenpeace said in a press release. The second activist was detained at the Greenpeace Climate Defenders' Camp.

All Had Proper Papers, Government Says Otherwise
Antara News reports the journalists were deported for lacking permits to engage in journalistic activities in the region, while the activists were given the boot for violating their tourist visas and because they were "about to undertake an illegal activity" and for being in "association with illegal activities."

Greenpeace's representative for Indonesia says all of the deported did indeed have the correct travel documents and visas, and that all were kicked out on "questionable, whimsical and seemingly contrived grounds."

Back in April, the Indonesian government deported 11 Greenpeace activists for taking part in direct action events on the site of forest and peatland destruction.

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