SYDNEY (AP) — Australian officials say two foreign journalists have arrived on a remote Australian island after traveling on board a boat with asylum seekers.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship says the American and Dutch journalists walked off the boat on Monday after it landed on Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean. Australia operates a detention camp for asylum seekers on the island.
The pair had valid visas and identified themselves as journalists. The spokeswoman said no other details were immediately available.
Christmas Island is located about 500 kilometers (310 miles) south of Jakarta, Indonesia. It is a popular destination for asylum seekers who crowd into rickety boats in Indonesia and pay smugglers to take them to Australia.
Hundreds have died while attempting the journey in recent years.
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