Thursday, July 11, 2013 12:10 pm, | News
Callum Macrae the film director of No Fire Zone: Sri Lanka’s Killing Field
s speaks to a journalist in Sri Lanka
over the threats by a diplomat who says Callum should not visit Sri Lanka for CHOGM.Macrae says he has all the right to be in Sri Lanka for CHOGM as he has covered CHOGM previously.
I’m interested to report news on commonwealth meeting to be held in Sri Lanka. However I’m suspicious over receiving visa from the Lankan government.On that basis I announced that I was applying for accreditation as a journalist at CHOGM. I attended CHOGM in Perth as a fully accredited representative of the press, and I certainly expect to do the same in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s Consul General in Sydney, Australia, Bandula Jayasekera a senior diplomat had responded with a series of tweets specifically addressed to me – in which he said: “ ‘I will make sure you don’t get a visa to come to Sri Lanka.’Meanwhile Consul General in Sydney, Australia, Bandula Jayasekara said, “Yes, I have been tweeting about Macrae’s LTTE propaganda. He is a paid LTTE mercenary and as a citizen of Sri Lanka, I will not allow him to come to Sri Lanka on any ground, although it is the Commonwealth Secretariat that decides who should come for CHOGM.With that incredible remark Jayasekara has profoundly embarrassed both the British and the Sri Lankan governments.The British Foreign Minister Alistair Burt recently announced that he believe Lankan government will grant permission for international journalists to enter country to report news on commonwealth.