C4 journos refused entry

The immigration and emigration department says it refused entry into the country to two Channel 4 television journalists yesterday.

Immigration head Chulananda Perera said that one female journalist, Shirani Sabaratnam, was refused entry at the Katunayake airport.

Her husband Stuart Cosgrove, a Director at Channel 4, had meanwhile entered the country and was at a Colombo hotel when he was taken back to the airport by immigration officers and sent back, Perera said.

The Channel 4 journalists were among those blacklisted in Sri Lanka following the airing of the controversial war crimes videos.

The government had however rejected the allegations and said that the videos were doctored and not authentic.

Following international pressure the government later appointed the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) to look at some of the incidents which took place during the war including the allegations raised in the Channel 4 video.

The military also launched its own inquiry after the LLRC released its final report late last year with a set of recommendations.  (Colombo Gazette)