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ANN7News24 reports that three foreign employees at the Gupta-linked TV station ANN7 were detained for an hour by home affairs' immigration officials on Tuesday.  

They were detained inside a vehicle outside the station's Johannesburg offices for allegedly not being in possession of proper documents to work in SA.  Apparently, the three Indian journalists were leaving for home after work when they were detained by the officials.  A source at the news channel said:  "They had asked the foreign nationals for their passports and when they said they were only carrying their work IDs, the officials asked them to get inside their vehicle."  The source also said:  “"Management spoke to the officials and they went through all documents.  I can confirm we're all on valid visas and we're not Gupta employees anymore…  By virtue of association, we are being harassed."  After the detention of the three journalists, ANN7 news editor Abhinav Sahay appealed to the Indian government to "protect" Indian journalists "in distress" in SA.  A Home Affairs spokesperson confirmed that the workers had been released.  He said officials had been following up on an earlier inspection during which people who did not have required documents were requested to obtain them.

  • Read this report by Mxolisi Mngadi, Lizeka Tandwa and Tammy Petersen in full at News24
  • See too, Four senior staff at ANN7 arrested, at EWN
  • And also, Four senior ANN7 staffers arrested, report says, at BusinessLive

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