Sri Lanka deports Indian reporter covering ex-warzone

COLOMBO, December 28, 2013 (AFP) – Sri Lanka on Saturday deported an Indian journalist arrested on a charge of working in the island’s former war zone without media credentials, police said. The 24-year-old, who was working for a magazine based in the Indian city of Chennai, was arrested on Christmas Day for photographing military installations in Sri Lanka’s north, police spokesman Ajith Rohana said.

“We deported him this evening without pressing charges,” Rohana told AFP. “But, we deleted all the pictures he had taken in the north.”

Rohana said they suspected the reporter, identified as Tamil Prabhakaran, was trying to produce a documentary and write articles tarnishing the image of Sri Lanka.

Police said he had come into the country on a tourist visa and travelled to the former war zone without declaring that he was on assignment to report from the embattled area.

There is no official censorship in Sri Lanka, but foreign journalists travelling to the former conflict zone are still required to submit their passport to the military before entering, four years after the end of the war.

A British TV crew was also barred from travelling to the Jaffna area just before a