MEDIA BARRED FROM CLOSER ACCESS TO ASYLUM CAMP
The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance says that on 26 January, authorities ordered the journalists to stand behind a perimeter fence out of sight of the camp. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reports that authorities had threatened to arrest the journalists if they did not leave the designated media area within 30 minutes of the order. Authorities also arrested ABC radio journalist Natalie Larkins, though she was released three hours later on condition that she leave the area immediately. Prior to that order, the journalists had been stationed in a designated media area outside the camp's front gate, giving them an uninterrupted view of the complex.
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