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IFJ Asia Pacific head detained

IFJ Asia Pacific head detained

2013 Oct 31

The Asia Pacific Director of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Jacqueline Park and another IFJ member were detained by the Immigration Department in Colombo today.

Both IFJ representatives were attending a workshop organized by the Free Media Movement (FMM) when they were detained.

An FMM representative told the Colombo Gazette that the IFJ members had been “arrested” on the basis that they had conducted the workshop while in Sri Lanka on tourist visas.

Some 10 officers of the Immigration Department arrived at the Janaki hotel and arrested the IFJ Director, FMM convener Sunil Jayasekera said.timthumb

The FMM however says the two members were only participating as guests at the workshop and were not involved in organizing it.

The investigations unit of the Immigration and Emigration Department however said the two IFJ representatives from Australia were questioned and not arrested.

The Immigration and Emigration Department said the two Australians were questioned about their motives to visit Sri Lanka. Both were in the country on tourist visas.

They were questioned for several hours at the Galle Face hotel and asked to leave the country the following day. (Colombo Gazette) 

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