Sri Lanka president revokes expulsion of Swiss reporter

Sri Lanka's state minister of defence Ruwan Wijewardene (L) takes part in a press conference in Colombo on April 24, 2019. - A Sri Lankan security dragnet hunting those responsible for horrifying bombings that claimed more than 350 lives has scooped up a further 18 suspects, police said April 24, as pressure mounted on politicians to explain why no one acted on intelligence warnings. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

January 31, 2010 (AFP) – Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse on Sunday revoked an expulsion order against a Swiss reporter who covered the island’s fiercely fought election. A government spokesman said that “wrong information” had led to the immigration authorities ordering Karin Wenger, of Swiss Public Radio, to leave the country.

The department of information had accused her of damaging the image of Sri Lanka with “defamatory” reports.

A government minister also criticised her for grilling the authorities on allegations of irregularities in Tuesday’s vote, which was comfortably won by incumbent Rajapakse. International rights organisations accused the government of harassing independent journalists who it believed sided with the defeated opposition candidate Sarath Fonseka.