Monday, October 18, 2010

Ten years of impunity for Jaffna-based journalist’s murderers

On the 10th anniversary of Tamil journalist Mayilvaganam Nimalarajan’s murder in the northern city of Jaffna, Reporters Without Borders reiterates its hope that the Sri Lankan government will finally relaunch the police investigation into his death.

The Jaffna correspondent of the BBC’s Tamil and Sinhalese-language services and the Sri Lankan newspapers Virakesari and Ravaya, he was gunned down in his home on 19 October 2000. His killers also injured three other members of his family, including his parents.

Attack On Journalists Sparks Outcry In Sri Lanka

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has called for immediate disciplinary action to be taken after a group of police officers allegedly assaulted a group of journalists covering a student protest.
br> IFJ affiliates the Sri Lankan Working Journalists’ Association (SLWJA) and the Free Media Movement Sri Lanka (FMM) reported that five journalists covering the Inter University Students’ Federation demonstration on October 14 in the capital, Colombo, were attacked after they reported police used undue force to break up the protest.

They were assaulted despite having identified themselves as journalists to police after reporting that a group of 25 officers were attacking a single protester.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Police attack demonstration by University students 21 students arrested, 4 journalists assaulted

Sri Lanka Police obstructed a peaceful protest organized by Inter University Student's Federation on 14th Oct 2010, assaulted number of students brutally and arrested 21 students. Those students arrested were produced in courts on 15th Oct and remanded till 29th October, 2010. The demonstration was organized in defence of the right to association of university students and to protest the unjust punitive action taken by the university authorities against student union leaders.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Five senior journalists of SLRC remain suspended without any inquiry

While several journalists covering the protest of university students were subjected to a police assault last week, other media persons continue to be hounded out, and threatened in Sri Lanka.

Of particular interest is the case of the group of thirteen employees of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation. Thirteen journalists were victimised for insisting that Rupavahini abide by the Elections Commission Act, and give all political parties and candidates equal air time during the Presidential and General elections held earlier this year. However, acting in contravention of the Act and an order of the Supreme Court, Rupavahini officials not only allowed more air time to political stooges of the government, the President and his party,