AP writer denied permission remain in Sri Lanka
Ravi Nessman, the Associated Press burea chief in Sri Lanka was denied permission to remain in Sri Lanka.
Associated Press had reported extensively on the heavy civilian casualities this year. Nessman also revealed information about the government document outlining a plan to keep the displaced people in the internment camps for up to three years.
The government claims that the decision is not related to reporting, rather its standard that the foreign journalists are based in Colombo for two years.
However, it is to be noted that the predecessor of Nessman Dilip Ganguly was based in Colombo for a decade from 1997-2007.
The government denied that the decision was related to his reporting on the final throes of Sri Lanka's quarter-century civil war with the Tamil Tiger rebels. The AP reported extensively on the heavy toll the war took on civilians as government forces surged across the rebels' strongholds in the jungles of the north this year.
"We find this failure to renew Ravi's visa disturbing," said John Daniszewski, AP's senior managing editor for international news.
Aside from reports on civilian casualties, Nessman revealed first word of a government document from January outlining a plan to keep hundreds of thousands of displaced people in camps for up to three years.
It is to be further noted that, at least 11 Sri Lankan reporters were forced to flee, and at least 14 Sri Lankan journalists and media workers killed since beginning of 2006.
The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said at least 11 Sri Lankan reporters were forced to flee the country in the past year, and Amnesty International said at least 14 Sri Lankan journalists and media workers have been killed since the beginning of 2006.
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