Channel 4’s Callum Macrae: ‘I have come here to cover the CHOGM’

Channel 4’s Callum Macrae: ‘I have come here to cover the CHOGM’

Channel 4’s Callum Macrae: ‘I have come here to cover the CHOGM’

Written by Staff Writer

11 Nov, 2013 | 10:23 pm

Questions were raised at the cabinet media briefing on Monday on the arrival of Programme Producer for Britain’s Channel 4 Callum Macrae.
 
Keheliya Rambukwella:
“Thirty persons are arrivng to Sri Lanka with David Cameron and he is among these thirty persons. I think he has come in this group for protection. It was decided to issue visa at the airport. There is no point in not issuing visa to one person when 29 others are due to arrive. We ask that they come and act accoridng to their conscience. We have given the opportunity to come here and witness what is happening so that he can transform into a decent journalist who works according to his conscience. ”
A demonstration was held opposite the passenger terminal at the Bandaranaike International Airport on Monday against granting permission for Callum Macrae, who produced several programmes on Sri Lanka for Britain’s Channel Four, to arrive in the country.
The demonstration was organised by the Forum to Foster National Unity, an organisation which belongs to the Collective of Parents of Deceased or Dissapared Persons.
The group engaged in the demonstration from Monday afternoon to evening.
They protested against the granting of  a visa for Callum Macrae to arrive in the country. 
Our correspondent says Callum Macrae and those who arrived with him, were held up inside the airport for nearly half an hour.
Callum Macrae:
“I have come here to cover the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and I am going to be here to see what goes on and to report on it and to write about it and ask questions about what is happening here, what is happening in Sri Lanka. What is happening at CHOGM.”
Question: Are you going to do another documentary?
How much are you being paid by LTTE?
Callum: Please I have not been paid by… if you seriously believe that…”
Question: you destroyed the image of my mother country. You dont know the ground situation. 
Callum: you asked me a question do you want to hear the answer?
 I am ordinary citizen of this country We know who you and what you……….. have come to this country. Your target is something else. You are talking about the freedom of press.
Callum: Of course. Can I be free to answer the question? I can’t. Never mind. You know. Sorry guys.
You are working for money and you earn millions of dollars.  
Callum: you say the LTTE paid me to call them what? The LTTE or terrorists. The troubles are done by the LTTE.’
Our correspondent says Macrae had left the airport thereafter.
Incidentally, journalists raised questions regarding this matter at the cabinet media briefing held today.

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