Angus Watson. Pic from Angus Watson's Facebook page.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Authorities in Burma say they have deported an Australian video journalist for covering a press freedom rally without a proper visa.

Angus Watson, an intern with the Democratic Voice of Burma, boarded a flight Thursday for Thailand.

He was shooting a protest in Magwe region over a prison sentence given to a Burma broadcast journalist.

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Burma only recently emerged from a half-century of military rule. A nominally civilian government installed in 2011 has been widely praised for freeing up the press, but media watchdog groups warn the climate is worsening. Several journalists have been arrested, tried and jailed in recent months, some on criminal charges.

Presidential spokesman Ye Htut said on Facebook that Watson was “deported for taking part in a protest, violating the visa regulations.”