Reporters from JoongAng Daily who were detained by Chinese security forces near the North Korean border have been expelled and are back in South Korea, AP reports:
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.