Nov 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's immigration authorities have deported the two journalists who were detained and questioned for violating country's visa regulations.
The two journalists, Asia Pacific Director of the International Federation of journalists (IFJ) Ms. Jacqueline Parker and its Deputy Director Jane Worthington have been deported after interrogation, the Immigration controller Chulanada Perera has said.
The IFJ journalists were detained for violating Sri Lanka's immigration and emigration laws by participating in a media workshop while arriving in the country on tourist visa.
The workshop held at the Janaki hotel Colombo was organized by the media watchdog Free Media Movement.
According to their visa status the two journalists cannot hold workshops in Sri Lanka while being on tourist visas, the Department of Immigration and Emigration said.
Minister of Mass Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwella has said the authorities have conducted investigations to discover the purpose of their visit to Sri Lanka since involvement in activities such as conducting media seminars and workshops without being accredited for such activities is unlawful, under the country's legal system.