22 Jan '11, 11am

my friend john is facing a long prison term because the government is deporting him tomorrow

BANGKOK - THAI authorities on Saturday confirmed plans to deport two photojournalists arrested after re-entering the country from neighbouring Myanmar, despite criticism from a media rights group. Belgian Pascal Schatteman will be flown to his home country and John Sanlin, a Myanmar passport holder, is to be expelled at one of Thailand's land borders with the military-ruled nation, according to an immigration official. 'Both of them will be deported tomorrow,' said Colonel Suriya Prapysatok, acting Immigration commander in Tak province, where the men were arrested. The pair were detained on Thursday in the border town of Mae Sot after returning to Thailand from eastern Myanmar, where they reported on clashes between troops and rebels, said the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Mr Sanlin now faces being returned to a country known for handing down lengt...

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