Official: China expels South Korean journalists

AP News
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Posted: Sep 29, 2011 1:33 AM

A South Korean official says China has expelled a group of South Korean journalists and researchers it detained last week near the border with North Korea.

A South Korean Foreign Ministry official said Thursday that three JoongAng Ilbo daily reporters and two researchers returned home Sunday after being released a day earlier.

The official declined to be named because the release was not publicly announced. JoongAng Ilbo spokesman Cheong Chul-gun confirmed the information.

Unnamed South Korean officials have said Chinese authorities held the South Koreans at a hotel for four days after finding them traveling on tourist visas near the border with North Korea.

China has previously expelled or jailed foreign reporters working without journalist visas.