A 60-minute crew led by Channel 9 journalist Liam Bartlett (photo) was detained in a hotel room on a remote island near Fiji
A 60-minute crew led by Channel Nine journalist Liam Bartlett is reportedly being deported from the Pacific island of Kiribati, near Fiji, after being detained there since Monday.
The five-member team entered the town of Tarawa in Kiribati, an island in the central Pacific, but was said to have been delayed by authorities after they had not obtained the correct media permits.
Although they claimed that the visit for & # 39; meetings & # 39; reportedly, problems arose when it turned out that the journey was really to film a news story.
The crew was accused of making a false statement after being told they needed a permit to film, reported The Daily Telegraph.
Tarawa authorities said the permit would have been approved if they had applied for it before arrival.
Bartlett reportedly planned to film a story about the island government's decision to break ties with Taiwan.
News.com.au reported that a meeting with local authorities on Wednesday did not result in a permit.
According to RNZ, the crew was detained under the supervision of immigration officials at Utirerei Motel near the city.
The five-person team entered the city of Tarawa in Kiribati (photo), an island in the central Pacific
The Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade told News Corp that they are aware of the situation.
Nine told the publication that the crew was asked to stay in their accommodation until the next flight was available.
& # 39; The 60-minute crew traveled to Kiribati on Monday. Before they left, they filed applications for approval of the recordings, & # 39; said a Channel 9 spokesperson.
& # 39; Upon arrival, they arranged a meeting with authorities, including the President's Executive Assistant and a senior immigration service representative to discuss the application. & # 39;
The crew was detained under the supervision of immigration officers at Utirerei Motel (photo) near the city, according to RNZ
The spokesperson also said that further forms were submitted and a request was submitted for accelerated approval, but the request was rejected this morning.
& # 39; The 60-minute team was asked to stay in their hotel until the next flight that was their scheduled departure flight.
& # 39; The crew is not in custody or house arrest, as was wrongly reported, and the issue does not affect the story being worked on. & # 39;
News.com.au reported that the island nation has been passing through the media since 95 people died in a boat accident.
Pictured: Lebanese police officers surround Australian TV presenter Tara Brown as they guide her from a Lebanese courthouse to Baabda Prison for women
Reporters from Newshub who arrived to cover the accident were detained last year.
The incident comes after 60 minutes of journalist Tara Brown was detained in Beirut, Lebanon, after a failed attempt to restore the child in 2016.
Mrs. Brown was sent to the Middle East with three crew members to reunite an Australian mother with her two children.
The current business program filmed Sally Faulkner's attempt to take back her daughter, Lahela, then five, and son Noah, then three, after claiming that her estranged husband, Ali Elamine, had kept the children in Lebanon without her permission.
Pictured: Australian television presenter Tara Brown and producer Stephen Rice arrive at Sydney International Airport on April 21, 2016
The plan to snatch the children from Beirut street with the help of a child recovery team ended in the 60-minute crew who were behind bars in Lebanon for two weeks.
Brown was arrested and charged with the kidnapping attempt alongside senior producer Stephen Rice, cameraman Ben Williamson, sound recorder David Ballment and Mrs. Faulkner.
They were released from prison after the charge was withdrawn.
Channel Nine allegedly paid Mr. Elamine US $ 500,000 in the official settlement after he had rejected an earlier bid of $ 350,000.
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