British piracy documentary makers face jail time in Indonesia

Two British journalists making a documentary in Indonesia about piracy face five months in jail plus fines of up to $3,700 each for having the wrong visas.

Neil Bonner, 32, and Rebecca Prosser, 31, appeared in a court in Batam yesterday. They entered the country in May on tourist visas rather than journalist ones, as they set about filming a documentary for National Geographic on the piracy scourge sweeping through the region.

The next hearing is expected on October 26.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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