( dpa ) - Two Germans arrested in Kenya were released and set to leave the country Saturday, the German embassy said as foreign correspondents in the East African country were protesting violations of press freedom and bad working conditions.According to a German embassy spokesman, Ambassador Walter Lindner accompanied Berlin jazz musician Andrej Hermlin, who had been held on suspicion of terrorism, and the other German to the airport.
Both were to be immediately deported from Kenya, it was said.
Hermlin was held along with another German man and Dutch documentary filmmaker Fleur van Dissel on Thursday. The three were arrested shortly before boarding a flight leaving Nairobi.
According to a Kenyan television station, NTV, the three foreigners, who were in Kenya working as journalists, were found with "vital security documents" and other suspect material.
The Foreign Correspondents' Association of East Africa (FCAEA), meanwhile, was protesting the arrest of van Dissel and the working conditions of journalists in Kenya.
In statement published on Saturday the FCAEA heavily criticized violations of press freedom after Kenya's controversial presidential elections.
The journalists also demanded the release of van Dissel.
Since Mwai Kibaki was declared winner of the December presidential elections, the work of Kenyan and international journalists had been restricted in the name of public security, it was said.
The gagging order imposed by the authorities was unacceptable, the FCAEA said, as was the intimidation of Kenyan journalists by the police.
The foreign correspondents also rejected accusations and government newspaper ads attacking the international media and their coverage of the Kenyan troubles in the aftermath of the elections.