Oct 30, Colombo: Immigration authorities of Sri Lanka on Wednesday stormed a media workshop at a hotel in Colombo and detained two journalists for violating country's visa rules.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) representative for the Asia-Pacific region, Jacqui Park and another IFJ journalist were questioned and detained by the immigration authorities when they were taking part in a media workshop organized by the Free Media Movement (FMM).
The two Australian media activists were asked to leave the country on the grounds that they were participating in "unauthorized activities" while on tourist visas, the Immigration and Emigration Controller General Chulananda Perera has told the Daily Mirror online.
According to the Immigration chief, the duo had admitted that they had violated Sri Lanka's immigration laws.
However, a FMM spokesman Sunil Jayasekera has told AFP that the journalists were meeting the FMM people while on a holiday.
"She was not engaging in any work as such, but was meeting with friends she had made over the years," AFP quoted the FMM spokesman.
The spokesman has insisted that the two journalists had not come on an invitation extended by the FMM.