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U.S. Department of State

Daily Press Briefing
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
January 29, 2003

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QUESTION: Richard, can you say, do you know whether the Secretary has received a letter from the OSCE complaining about the treatment of some French journalists who were handcuffed and expelled from the U.S. in Los Angeles earlier this month? Or is that something that gets thrown over to the Justice Department and --

MR. BOUCHER: No. A letter from the OSCE -- I remember the letter. I don't remember if it was the OSCE, actually. It was from the Reporters Without Borders, wasn't it?

QUESTION: No, this is the OSCE, which is a quasi-government --

MR. BOUCHER: We have received a letter from the Reporters Without Borders. I don't know if we have gotten one from the OSCE. Certainly, we're aware of the situation involving the French journalists. We are looking into what happened. It appears that they did not have the appropriate visa status that all journalists are supposed to have when they enter the United States, the I-Visa. The information on that is readily available through our Embassy and the websites. But ultimately the determination on entry is made by the Department of Homeland Security, formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

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