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.
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.