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Dutch lady 'journalist' deported by
Subject: Dutch lady 'journalist' deported by Burma (The Asian Age, 10/12/96.)
Dutch lady 'journalist' deported by Burma
The Asian Age, 10/12/96.
Bangkok, Dec. 9: Burma on Monday deported a Dutch woman
who it said had been working illegally as a journalist covering
student protests in the country.
"She came into the country posing as a tourist but she was
actually covering the student incidents. She was found out and
deported," a Burmese military government spokesman told
Reuters over the telephone from Rangoon.
Burma is strict on ensuring journalists have visas. Recently its
embassies abroad have issued journalist visas on a selective
basis only ahead of monthly news conference organised by the
ruling State Law and Order Restoration Council. The deported
woman, Ms Williamke Joanna Nyhuis, said on arrival in
Bangkok that she had denied the Burmese charges when
interrogated in Rangoon. Ms Nyhuis said she was questioned on
Sunday by Burmese immigration officials about links with the
protesting students an Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
"They refused to say why I was being deported," she added.
She declined to disclose her profession. SLORC has faced its
biggest challenge from protesting students since troops crushed
students-led pro-democracy uprising in 1988. (Reuter)