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Callum Macrae and Frances Harrison permitted to visit Lanka: Gove make final decision
[ Tuesday, 16 July 2013, 03:00.30 AM GMT +05:30 ]
Controversial British journalist Callum Macrae may get access to cover the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka if his application falls within the guidelines of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, when asked if Macrae and former BBC corespondent Frances Harrison will be given entry to Sri Lanka for the summit, said that the government will have the final say.

However he said that there are stipulated guidelines issued by the Commonwealth Secretariat and if any journalist falls within those guidelines then they will be granted access.

Asked if Macrae will be granted access if he falls within those guidelines, Minister Rambukwella said “yes”.

Several groups including Sri Lankan diplomats overseas have openly said that Macrae should not be granted access to Sri Lanka to cover the summit.

There has also been strong opposition in the government to Frances Harrison after she had spoken out in support of calls to the international community to boycott the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka over human rights concerns.

Minister Rambukwella meanwhile said that he is confident the summit will get maximum exposure through the local and international media.

Minister finally said government will make final decision on this regard.

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