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Indonesia detains American journalist over visa regulations


Added 01-22-20 09:22:01am EST - “An American journalist is facing up to five years in an Indonesian jail and a fine on charges of violating immigration regulations, a lawyer and officials said Wednesday.” - Washingtontimes.com

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - An American journalist is facing up to five years in an Indonesian jail and a fine on charges of violating immigration regulations, a lawyer and officials said Wednesday.

Philip Jacobson of California was detained Tuesday in Palangkaraya city on Borneo island. He is accused of conducting journalistic activities not permitted by his business visa, according to the arrest warrant.

The government has promised to ease visa restrictions for international media since President Joko Widodo took office in 2014. However, foreign journalists still need to apply for special visas that can take weeks to be approved or denied.

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