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* Sri Lankan government considers a limit on duration of visa for foreign journalists
Sun, Apr 20, 2014, 10:04 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 20, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is considering to limit the duration of the visa given to foreign journalists, Media and Information Minister and Government Spokesman, Keheliya Rambukwella has said.

Minister Rambukwella, responding to the report that the visa of BBC correspondent in Sri Lanka Charles Haviland will not be extended further, has said that it would be unfair for any foreigner to live in the country for long periods.

"He has stayed in the country for over five years, and we have granted him a further three-month extension on that visa. Granting him any further extension would be unreasonable," Ceylon Today quoted Rambukwella as saying.

Secretary to the Media Ministry Charitha Herath in a Twitter message said the Ministry has a policy limiting the duration of visa to foreign journalists for a maximum of five years and the policy is enforced by the External Affairs Ministry.

The Media Minister has said that Haviland's visa may not be renewed beyond its extended period.

Haviland has reportedly applied for a 12-month extension while the government has granted only three months.

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