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Ten local journalists including a BBC correspondent were refused access to the Boosa detention camp this morning where the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) met with detainees.

The journalists had visited the camp on the invitation of the LLRC and had received permission from the head of the Media Center for National Security, Lakshman Hulugalle who had permitted the visit.

However when the journalist arrived at the camp they were denied access by security personnel. At the camp when the journalists contacted LLRC Secretary, S.B Athugoda, he said that the journalists needed MOD ( Ministry of Defence) clearance. A Daily Mirror journalist who visited the camp said that a TID official said that the journalists should have received permission from the DIG of the TID or the IGP. However the journalists did not receive access. (OJ and RA)

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  • Ajith Thursday, 30 December 2010 09:49 AM

    if these things happen, then who can trust the outcome of your findings? who would accept LLRC as unbised commission.

    citizen1 Friday, 31 December 2010 07:10 PM

    Seems the masses can't read sarcasm...no wonder this govt has the upper hand.

    Ezhilini Thursday, 30 December 2010 09:59 AM

    President said, There were no HR violations and War crimes happened. Medias, It is enough to publish that. Why do you go to BOOSA??

    Truth Exposed Thursday, 30 December 2010 10:32 AM

    If the LLRC is transparent and genuine in its purpose, such action is not necessary.

    n.sethupathy Thursday, 30 December 2010 11:05 AM

    This is the press freedom existing in newly born srilanka and one can imagine what wil happen?

    ranjith Friday, 31 December 2010 02:12 AM

    quite correctly journalist should obtain proper permission, what caliber of journalist do we have here if they do not know the proper procedure to obtain permission.
    Ranjith

    bash Thursday, 30 December 2010 06:59 AM

    Totally confused bunch of government officials.... no proper policy at all, different departments living in a world of their own... why are the general public paying such exorbitant taxes to maintain this bunch.... real curse on the people

    Ashoka Thursday, 30 December 2010 07:25 AM

    If government want to be full transparent why do they bar journalist. Innitialy they have given permision just to please journalists and this is pre planned action.

    Konde bendapu china Thursday, 30 December 2010 12:40 PM

    what happen to Julian of wiki leaks in UK ,this is nothing

    Handipora Thursday, 30 December 2010 07:41 AM

    That is the freedom of expression or media, a la sri lankan style.

    citizen1 Thursday, 30 December 2010 07:44 AM

    Nice going!

    perumal Thursday, 30 December 2010 01:03 PM

    What kind of 'Lessons and reconciliation' is this? We R the unfortunate witnesses of an national level historical farce. Future generations will laugh at their ancestors.

    Ryan Friday, 31 December 2010 06:32 AM

    The journalists also should be genuine, some are not, we know that.

    abay Thursday, 30 December 2010 02:25 PM

    who should have given that permission? why it was not given?no fault of journalists. this is another way of cheating.


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