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In the Aquino government’s failure to get hold of Jordanian journalist, Baker Atyani, Dubai-based bureau chief of Al-Arabiya network, it again lays the blame on the journalist to the point of getting him barred from entering the country again.
The Interior and Local Government chief said the authorities were able to confirm that Atyani is somewhere in Patikul, together with his two Filipino crew members and that they were “safe and not threatened” by the Abu Sayyaf.
The reason given by Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo for calling on the Justice department and the Bureau of Immigration to ban Atyani from entering the country?
Atyani deceived the authorities about his real reason for being in Sulu, as he did not inform the authorities about his move to interview the Abu Sayyaf leader.
That’s a reason to ban a foreign journalist? Few, if any journalist, foreign or local, would inform government authorities that they are scheduled to meet with outlaws or terrorists. Incidentally, there is no crime committed when a journalist interviews even outlaws or terrorists..... MORE
Source: The Daily Tribune