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Government says any journalist following C'wealth guidelines will gain access

2013 Jul 16

The government says that controversial British journalist Callum Macrae may get access to cover the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka if his application falls within the guidelines of the Commonwealth Secretariat.


Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told journalists when asked if Macrae and former BBC correspondent Frances Harrison will be given entry to Sri Lanka for the summit that the government will have the final say.


He has said that there are stipulated guidelines issued by the Commonwealth Secretariat and if any journalist falls within those guidelines then they will be granted access.


Asked if Macrae will be granted access if he falls within those guidelines, Rambukwella has said yes.


Callum Macrae is the Director of the movie ‘No Fire Zone’ which raises several human rights allegations against the government over it’s conduct on the war with the LTTE.


Several groups including Sri Lankan diplomats overseas have openly said that Macrae should not be granted access to Sri Lanka to cover the summit.


There has also been strong opposition in the government to Frances Harrison after she had spoken out in support of calls to the international community to boycott the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka over human rights concerns.

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