Friday, February 25, 2011

Desecrating ashes of a mother in Jaffna – Immediate inquiry necessary

NfR, Network of exiled Sri Lankan journalists and human rights defenders, expresses its serious concern about the incident on the 22nd instant,  of  the ashes of  a cremated mother in Jaffna being  desecrated and the putting of the bodies of 3 dogs killed by shooting on the cremation spot. In accordance with the Hindu tradition,  the ashes of a cremated body are collected the next  day to be dissolved in a river or sea. According to media reports the  ashes had been scattered by military vehicles running over the spot. NfR sources in Jaffna confirmed the truth of this incident and indicated  that no one wants to speak about it openly because of fear.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ashes of Sri Lanka rebel chief's mother desecrated

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- The ashes of the mother of Sri Lanka's former rebel leader have been desecrated hours after her body was cremated, a relative said Wednesday.

Sri Lanka Tamil Tiger chief mother's grave 'desecrated'

BBC-The cremation site of the mother of Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran has been desecrated, relatives say.
They say that the bodies of three shot dogs were left at the site on Tuesday night - a gesture which correspondents say is a major insult to the dead.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Occupying SL military desecrates ashes of Parvathi Amma

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 23 February 2011, 08:53 GMT]
The ashes of Parvathi Amma cremated Tuesday and waiting for ritual collection were desecrated by occupying SL military in Jaffna Tuesday night. Three dead dogs with gun shot injuries were put on the cremation spot and the ashes were scattered by running over the spot by military vehicles. Local people witnessed the movement of military vehicles in the location Tuesday night. Former TNA parliamentarian, Mr. MK Sivajilingam, guardian to the interests of Parvathi Amma, came out with strong condemnation of the desecration.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Sri Lanka: Cricket authorities should ensure dignity and safety of sports journalists

The Free Media Movement expresses its concern over two separate incidents where officials of  Sri Lanka Cricket Association   misbehaved towards sports journalists at a time when sport fans are waiting eagerly for the news and views on 2011 Cricket World Cup.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Freedom of Expression Key to Democracy and Human Rights

Lasantha Wickrematunge Commemoration Lecture
Christopher Warren, immediate past President, International Federation of Journalists, and Federal Secretary, Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance to the Lasantha Wickrematunge Commemoration, Colombo, Sri Lanka, February 15, 2011.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

"Vaara Uraikal" Editor assaulted

For a third time in less than two years, the "Vaara Ureikal", the only provincial newspaper in the Eastern region has come under attack.  In the latest instance,on February 8, 2011 the Editor of the newspaper, M.I Rahumathulla has had chilly powder thrown at his face and has been assaulted with iron rods.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Goons attack UNP protest

Daily Mirror - By Yohan Perera
The UNP-led ‘candlelight protest’ demanding the release of Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, came under attack in Punchi Borella yesterday by a gang armed with cudgels and brickbats  injuring at least 12 people including a photo journalist who was covering the event.
The attackers smashed a few vehicles belonging to UNP MPs who joined the protest. The attack took place ten minutes after the protesters left the Borella junction according to eye witnesses.
UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya said the attackers used lit up bottles filled with fuel, clubs and stones.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Violent attack on opposition led march and media on the Independence day

NfR expresses its deep concern that a peaceful march  by the main opposition political party UNP has come under violent attack in the presence of sizeable police force. We also express our concern that journalists covering the event have been attacked by politically motivated thugs. MTV network has reported that their cameraman’s video camera has been taken away after assaulting him. This incident took place on 4 February 2011 in Punchi Borella in Colombo.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sri Lankan media personnel protest in Colombo

Sri Lankan media personnel protest and condemn  an arson attack on an independent website in Colombo on February 1,2011.Pic-Sampath

Lanka-enews fire, editor says arson

Daily Mirror- By Supun Dias, Yohan Perera and Menaka Mookandi
The Lanka e News office in Malabe was set on fire last morning by a group of unidentified men. The incident took place at 1.30 a.m.
The entire office was gutted when the police arrived after a call from a Buddhist temple in the neighbourhood.

No one had witnessed them entering the premises, an employee said.

SLanka journalists protest arson attack on website

COLOMBO (AFP) – Dozens of Sri Lankan journalists took to the capital's streets Tuesday to condemn an arson attack on an independent website that was blamed by its editor on the government.

Reporters, photographers and employees of privately-run media joined a demonstration in central Colombo a day after the arson attack on the office of the website.
"Lanka E-News, the latest victim of media suppression," said a placard carried by one protester. "Condemn arson attack," said another.