28 October, 2020

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Scribes To Be Far From The Action At CHOGM 2013

Some 800 Journalists and Photojournalists accredited to cover the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo will mostly be relegated to watching events and proceedings from the Media Centre at the summit venue, Sri Lankan authorities said.

Callum Macrae

The Media Centre at BMICH, where the CHOGM meetings will be held between 15-17 November was estimated to cost a whopping Rs. 800 million and features a small television screen on which sessions and main events will be telecast live off the feed of the official CHOGM broadcaster.

The Media Ministry of Sri Lanka has decided that no journalists or photographers will be permitted to be at the Bandaranaike International Airport for the arrivals of Prince of Wales and Heads of Government, except the summit’s official photographer and television broadcaster. The CHOGM opening ceremony on 15 November at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre in Colombo 07 will also be closed to media personnel who will have the honour of watching the proceedings from the Media Centre at BMICH.

Photographs and recordings of the proceedings will be made available to private and foreign media personnel at the official media centre, the Government has said.

Presidential Photographer Sudath Silva has been appointed official photographer to the CHOGM 2013.

Meanwhile Channel 4 crew and No Fire Zone Director Callum Macrae have been assured visas by the Government of Sri Lanka but Journalist and Author of Still counting the Dead, Frances Harrison is yet to get her accreditation for CHOGM, Colombo Telegraph learns.

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    How many of these journalists have been writing about what CHOGs, CMAG and CWSecretary General have been shamelessly doing over the last several years ?

    Had a fraction of them been writing to question these human rights violators and their ugly governance, the situation might have been very different.

    What would they say about the millions spent for opening ceremony?
    Who, How, When, Where and Which about sustainable development?

    This CHOGM is a total environmental disaster too. Going to worsen:
    http://groundviews.org/2012/08/22/protecting-sri-lankas-ocean/

    Unless we think in terms of ”systems” we’re stealing everything from our children and grandchildren:
    http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=85741

    Tourists, please note:
    http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=72513

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    So. Channel 4 and Callum will be here ?

    OH OH ! AND WHAT’S TO STOP AN ARMY DESERTER OR TWO WITH MEDIA ACCREDITATION CARDS MIXING IN WITH THE 800 JOURNOS AND GIVING CALLUM AND HIS TEAM A ‘WARN WELCOME’ WITH A COUPLE OF .38s ?

    Will they never, ever learn?
    At least Park had the sense to enter the country under false pretexts and do what she had to do to attend the IFJ confab in Colombo

    BUT GUESS WHO BETRAYED HER ?

    A JOURNO IN GOVERNMENT PAY ?

    My question is this ; what’s Callum’s hurry to make it into the obituaries ?

    The media center will be crawling with bootlickers and killers who will follow you to your hotels just to enSure that NO ONE ELSE HARMS YOU.

    NO SIR, YOU’RE ON A HIT LIST AND THAT’S FOR SURE.
    ‘BYE CALLUM. YOU WERE DOING A DASHED GOOD JOB. PITY YOU’RE IN A HURRY TO PREMATURELY END YOUR MISSION.

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