Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Bahrain deports British journalist attempting to cover F1 race

A team of British journalists made a hasty exit from Bahrain Sunday, after police discovered they were in the country on a tourist visa, chased them down and deported them, the team’s TV station reported.

Jonathan Miller, of Channel Four News, and his crew were denied journalism visas by Bahrain, Channel Four News reported, but the group continued to film protests without official accreditation. The 14-month-old uprising in Bahrain had heated up before the Formula One Grand Prix race.

Protesters in the tiny monarchy threatened “days of rage” to coincide with the race. A number of media outlets reported they were denied visas on race days.

When authorities discovered the news team in the country, they were chased by a helicopter and police cars, arrested and deported. Miller tweeted the experience.

The Bahrain government defended the deportation telling the BBC that Miller and his team should have gotten a proper journalist visa. However, one British journalist questioned the validity of the government’s message.

“Amused to hear (on BBC) #Bahrain gov criticise deported C4 news team by saying could have got proper journo visa like BBC, CNN,” BBC Middle East correspondent Paul Danahar wrote on Twitter. “My BBC News team (ie not sports team) in #Bahrain got 72 hour non-extendable visa & had to leave Thursday, 3 days before the race.”

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