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President Mahinda Rajapaksa has revoked a decision to cancel the visa of a Swiss journalist who is in Sri Lanka to cover the Presidential elections. The journalist of a Swiss radio station was earlier ordered to leave by tomorrow, the government information department said.

Karin Wenger of Swiss Public Radio had said last week that she was sent a letter by the Immigration Controller, saying that she must leave the island before Monday and that her application for a media accreditation card had been denied.

She had however already been issued with media accreditation by the Sri Lankan government Department of Information, with the journalist visa valid until Feb 17. 'I fear I have been kicked out for asking uncomfortable questions at a government press conference,' Wenger who is based in New Delhi, told AFP.

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  • Sunday, 31 January 2010 04:13 AM

    Two way treatment for local & international journalist.

    Sunday, 31 January 2010 04:18 AM

    A case of re-opening the stable door after kicking out the horse...

    Looks like someone became afraid because of the general elections coming up...

    Sunday, 31 January 2010 04:24 AM

    damage control. nice

    Sunday, 31 January 2010 04:31 AM

    It looks like now MR is getting scared of the West. He better realise the reality.

    Sunday, 31 January 2010 04:45 AM

    Everything has a reason. Jounalists in the West have been creating trouble in the past. It is the majority view that they have supported the Tiger terrorists indirectly. As such, there is very little symapathy for foreign jounalists within the country.

    Sunday, 31 January 2010 05:00 AM

    Regime with no principle! Right hand doesn't know what left is doing!! OR is pressure is mounting?

    Sunday, 31 January 2010 05:22 AM

    Trying to deceive West

    Sunday, 31 January 2010 05:27 AM

    Good move by the president, shows a slight change towards the better i hope.

    Sunday, 31 January 2010 05:54 AM

    Suba anagathayak ?????????????

    Sunday, 31 January 2010 05:56 AM

    Game is over...now have a nice time in Sri Lanka !

    Sunday, 31 January 2010 06:06 AM

    Shame on you the controller of immigration you shpuld resign

    Sunday, 31 January 2010 06:30 AM

    Whats the Difference between LANKA IRIDA & Swiss Journalist ?

    Sunday, 31 January 2010 06:43 AM

    afraid of white skin

    Monday, 01 February 2010 04:58 PM

    Conscience must be bugging MR once in a while. Probably when brothers are not around. Nice move to lessen the comments about dictatorship. How about Lanka newspaper?

    Monday, 01 February 2010 04:58 AM

    Too late ! That sort of reaction has to have a reason.


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