Two French journalists held in tribal area
PESHAWAR- The political authorities in the Khyber agency have arrested and charged two French journalists with illegal entry into the tribal area, an official said.
The official said that Ravanello Oliever and Mar Cantetti Jerom of the TFI news channel were arrested and booked for entering the tribal area without government’s permission.
Rifatullah, a Pakistani journalist and a tribal guide, Iqbal Afridi had also been charged with facilitating the illegal entry into the Federally-Administered Tribal area.
Earlier, the authorities had arrested a German national for illegal entry into the tribal area and for trying to cross over the border to enter Afghanistan without valid travel documents.
The official said that the French journalists had been apprehended by tribesmen in Choora, an inaccessible area in the tribal agency and later handed over to the authorities. They were brought and surrendered to the administration at around midnight, the official said.