"American Journalist Is Arrested in Indonesia Over Visa Issue"

"The editor, Philip Jacobson, who works for the environmental website Mongabay, was detained last month after attending a public meeting on Borneo island. He was traveling on a business visa."

"BANGKOK — An American journalist whose work for a conservation website exposed environmental degradation and corporate malfeasance in Indonesia has been jailed by the country’s immigration authorities on suspicion that he violated the conditions of his visa, his attorney said on Wednesday.

Philip Jacobson, an editor for the environmental science website Mongabay, was traveling on a business visa in the city of Palangkaraya on Borneo when he was detained on Dec. 17 and ordered to remain in the city while authorities investigated his case, according to an article on Mongabay’s website.

On Tuesday, the immigration authorities took him into custody and imprisoned him in the main jail in Palangkaraya, said his lawyer, Aryo Nugroho, the head of Indonesian Legal Aid in the city."

Richard C. Paddock reports for the New York Times January 22, 2020.


"U.S. Environmental Reporter Arrested In Indonesia For Visa Violation" (Reuters)

"Mongabay Editor Arrested in Indonesia" (Mongabay)

"American Journalist For Conservation Website Arrested In Indonesia Over Visa Issue" (Straits Times)

"Arrest of Mongabay Journalist Adds To Growing Fear Among Environmental Advocates In Indonesia" (Eco-Business)

"Indonesia Detains American Journalist Over Visa Regulations" (AP)

"American Environmental Journalist Detained In Palangkaraya: Report" (Jakarta Post)

"Indonesian Organizations Condemn Arrest Of Mongabay Environmental Journalist" (Jakarta Post)


Source: NY Times, 01/22/2020