Video: Channel-4 journalists sent back to Colombo

13 November 2013 08:26 am - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Channel -4 journalists including Callum Macrae, who were heading to the North were sent back to Colombo in a special vehicle by the police saying it was being done for security reasons after their train was blocked at Anuradhapura Railway Station by a group of protesters.

Meanwhile Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said the safety of the Channel 4 journalists was of paramount importance and that travel restrictions would be imposed taking into account their safety.

"The safety of the journalists is of paramount importance. Despite repeated calls to stop them from coming here, the government took a courageous decision and gave them the visas and therefore it is our duty to ensure their safety," he said.

The minister said he was not aware of the ground situation in Anuradhapura and could not comment whether the train would be allowed to proceed to Vavuniya as scheduled.

"I don’t know what the ground situation is, but if there is any threat to their safety we will take necessary measures to bring them back and impose travel restrictions to ensure their safety," he said. (Hafeel Farisz,Athula Bandara)


Video by Sanath Desmond

  Comments - 11

  • Sivah Wednesday, 13 November 2013 08:34 AM

    This is for common wealth

    Sriyani Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:13 AM

    Callum Ma Ray, People is glass-houses should not throw stones!!!!!

    puppet pRABU Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:14 AM

    Send them to NannthikaddaL LAGOON FOR DIP....

    nalaka Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:16 AM

    take them to the departure lounge and kick them out

    NADARAJAH SETHURUPAN Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:18 AM

    Channel-4 journalists sent back to Colombo or Colombo Airport ?

    MrKasthuri Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:21 AM

    I thought, they just came to cover up CHOGM event!!.

    Raj Wednesday, 13 November 2013 03:55 PM

    that is the type of freedom of speech or expression we have in this banana republic

    Saskia Wednesday, 13 November 2013 04:02 PM

    No no, their main goal is to collect for evidence for the alleged war crimes committed by both SL government and LTTE.

    raj Wednesday, 13 November 2013 04:15 PM

    no freedom of speech in this country, worse place to live

    Nadi Karunaratne Wednesday, 13 November 2013 04:21 PM

    We have nothing to we?

    Siri Thursday, 14 November 2013 01:56 AM

    Hey Raj why living in bannana republic get to TN you feel real freedom

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