IFJ officials asked to leave SL for violating their visas

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Asia Pacific Director of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Jacqui Park and another IFJ member were questioned and asked to leave the country by the Sri Lankan Immigration Department today for having conducted a media workshop at a hotel in Colombo while they were on tourist visas.

Immigration and Emigration Controller General Chulananda Perera told Daily Mirror online that both Australian nationals were ordered out of the country as they involved in ‘unauthorized activities’ while in the country while using tourist visas.

He said that immigration officials first questioned the two Australian nationals while they were conducting a workshop organized by the Free Media Movement (FMM) at a hotel in Colombo. On being asked to explain why they were here the two nationals admitted that they had violated Sri Lanka’s immigration laws.

Free Media Movement Convener Sunil Jayasekera said that Ms Park and another IFJ member were originally not assigned to take part in the workshop organized by them. “After hearing that they were in the country we (FMM) decided to request for their presence at the workshop. They did not come here on an invitation extended by us,” he said.

  Comments - 5

  • Ranjith Silvar Thursday, 31 October 2013 09:41 AM

    Then who was the guy picked up these two at BIA? Ahaaaa..... smiling, No?

    sss Wednesday, 30 October 2013 04:45 PM

    circumventing and violating laws in Sri Lanka - that is an oxymoron

    ashley Thursday, 31 October 2013 12:00 AM

    Well done Sri Lanka. If u can't crack the locals do em white bastards .keep it up!

    Terrence B De Silva Thursday, 31 October 2013 01:29 AM


    Nims Saturday, 02 November 2013 08:18 AM

    No country on earth will allow anyone to violate the VISA conditions. If they wanted to address a press meeting they should have applied for an appropriate VISA for that. Just because they are IFJ officials they are not exempted from the visa conditions. Anyone who justify please write in what country the tourists are allowed to attend workshops, meetings etc. We had enough from these elements. Therefore no one should be tolerated if ignore the VISA conditions

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