Sri Lanka revokes expulsion order of foreign journalist

16:17, January 31, 2010      

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered the revoking of an expulsion order served on a visiting Swiss journalist, presidential media office said on Sunday.

Karen Wenger had been asked to leave by Feb. 1 following a question she had raised at a government press conference concerning Tuesday's presidential election.

She was accused of damaging Sri Lanka's image and the Department of Government Information had canceled her media accreditation required to do reporting from the island.

Presidential media office said Rajapaksa had ordered the authorities to allow Wenger to continue her work.

Rajapaksa won a resounding victory in Tuesday's election, but the opposition parties said the result was manipulated and they would go to court to challenge the result.

Source: Xinhua
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