SRI LANKA: Foreign newsmen face curbs in Lanka says agency
Media watchdog slams Sri Lankan government for imposing restrictions on foreign journalists covering tsunami relief efforts
Saturday, March 19, 2005
Colombo -- Sri Lanka's media watchdog has criticized the government for imposing 'unacceptable restrictions' on foreign journalists covering tsunami relief efforts.
In a statement, the Free Media Movement (FMM) said a Canadian TV journalist had been asked by the Sri Lankan embassy in Ottawa to sign a letter of agreement accepting the restrictions as a condition for issuing him a visa.
The watchdog said these sort of restrictions 'did not exist even during most of the period of armed conflict'
The FMM was responding to a letter from Canadian journalist Steve Schmit stating that the High Commission of Sri Lanka had asked him to provide 'a letter of agreement' as a visa condition.
Foreign ministry authorities claim that the Canadian journalist had been merely asked to comply with certain 'mandatory regulations'.
Date Posted: 3/19/2005