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British journalists will be allowed to cover Cameron in North

2013 Nov 12

By Shamindra Ferdinando

The government yesterday allowed a group of British journalists to proceed to Jaffna overland following an intervention by the British High Commission.

Well informed sources told The Island that security authorities in Vavuniya had stopped media personnel and some locals as they didn’t have the required approvals to visit Jaffna. Sources identified three of the foreigners as members of British media outfit ITV. Responding to a query, sources said that they had come to cover the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) but were on their way to Jaffna before British Prime Minister David Cameron’s scheduled visit to Jaffna next Friday.

The group had been forced to go overland due to failure on the part of a private airline to fly them to Jaffna, sources said. "We believe the aircraft couldn’t take off due to some technical glitch. Had they got on that aircraft, they could have landed in Jaffna within an hour," an official said.Sources said that several other media delegations having CHOGM accreditation were expected to be in Jaffna to cover the UK Premier’s visit to Jaffna. Cameron was expected to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa after having visited Jaffna, sources said, adding that the government was concerned about a section of the foreign press adopting an extremely hostile approach towards Sri Lanka.

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