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A foreign correspondent for DVB is being deported by Burma’s Immigration department for “breaching the terms” of his visa.
Angus Watson, a 24-year-old Australian native, was summoned by immigration officials in Magwe, central Burma, on Wednesday after reporting on a demonstration held in support of another DVB journalist who is currently incarcerated.
Watson did not participate in the rally, but spoke to several demonstrators in his capacity as a journalist.
After several hours of questioning by Magwe officials, Watson was escorted to Rangoon, where he was summoned to the local immigration offices on Thursday morning.
There he was warned that he might be deported on account of reporting from Burma without being issued a journalist visa.
At time of writing, Watson is at Rangoon International Airport, waiting to board the next flight to Bangkok, Thailand.
The Australian Embassy in Rangoon said that they had no power to halt the deportation, but are ready to assist Watson’s return to Burma, according to DVB deputy director Khin Maung Win, who spoke with the embassy on Thursday afternoon.
Khin Maung Win added that throughout the ordeal immigration officials have shown no due process and have not issued any documents detailing how, exactly, Watson committed any violations of the law.