British journalists jailed in Indonesia for visa offences

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Two British journalists were sentenced Tuesday to two-and-a-half months in prison for working on Indonesia’s Batam island while in the country on tourist visas, reports said.

Neil Bonner, 32, and Rebecca Prosser, 31, were arrested off Batam, just south of Singapore, on May 28.

The court in Batam found them guilty of violating the terms of their visas, Batam Pos reported online. Prosecutors had sought a five-month jail term.

Bonner and Prosser were working on a documentary about piracy in South-East Asia for a production company funded by National Geographic TV.

The busy Malacca Strait, between the Malay Peninsula and the island of Sumatra, is notorious for attacks on shipping.

Indonesia requires foreign journalists to apply for a special visa if they intend to work.

Immigration offences carry a maximum jail sentence of five years in the country.

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