Terror stalks journalists in the east

first_img Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge to go further July 13, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Terror stalks journalists in the east Related documents Press Release in SinhalaPDF – 202.96 KB Organisation July 29, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information January 13, 2021 Find out more Receive email alertscenter_img Even as threats against journalists in eastern Sri Lanka reached alarming levels over the last few weeks, Reporters without Borders had been conducting an investigation in the country. It has just released a series of nine recommendations to sustainably improve the state of press freedom on the island.In the wake of Aiyathurai Nadesan’s murder in May 2004 in the eastern city of Batticaloa, Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim journalists described the difficulties facing province-based correspondents. Before he was killed, Nadesan had told Reporters without Borders: “We are always caught in the crossfire. It is very hard for us to check our information with both the security forces and the Tamil Tigers. And when a local news article is released from Colombo, we may face reprisals in the field.”During a fact-finding mission in Sri Lanka early this year, Reporters without Borders interviewed dozens of journalists. The majority expressed their apprehensions and frustrations in dealing with a situation that has become much too volatile for them to assert that press freedom is a given in the country. Moreover, the association has noted new outbreaks of threats and assaults against journalists within the last few weeks.The impunity which prevails in cases involving the murder and assault of journalists is seriously jeopardising press freedom and the peace process in Sri Lanka. Reporters without Borders urges the Sri Lankan government and President Chandrika Kumaratunga to take immediate action to find and punish the perpetrators.The international organisation has drawn up nine recommendations for sustainably improving the safety and freedom of the country’s journalists. These recommendations underline the urgent need to:1. Fight impunity;2. Put an end to threats against journalists;3. Give the ceasefire control authority greater powers;4. Ensure the autonomy of the state-owned media;5. Prevent the violations committed by the security forces;6. Force the LTTE to accept pluralism and criticism;7. Protect the Muslims’ right to freedom of expression;8. Ensure the safety and independence of province-based correspondents;9. Put a stop to hate-mongering in the media.Read or download the report One journalist has been murdered, while a dozen others face death threats in the eastern part of the island: these are trying times for press freedom in Sri Lanka. Reporters without Borders is calling upon the President and her government to act swiftly to sustainably enhance the safety and freedom of the country’s journalists. News News News Follow the news on Sri Lanka RSF_en Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Sri LankaAsia – Pacific July 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img