Friday, May 23, 2008

President calls for investigation

President calls for investigation

President has directed IGP Victor Perera to conduct a thorough investigation into the alleged abduction and assault on Nation Deputy Editor Keith Noyhar.

claymore blast in Wanni-17 died

17 feared dead in claymore blast in Wanni

Reports claim that 17 people who were in a bus were killed, when a claymore mine exploded in an LTTE controlled area in Wanni.

International Federation of Journalists says about the abduction and violent attack on Keith Noyahr

Defence Reporter Abducted and Severely Beaten In Sri Lanka

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is outraged at the abduction and violent attack on Keith Noyahr, deputy editor and defense writer for the English weekly The Nation on May 22.

According to the Free Media Movement (FMM), an IFJ affiliate, Noyahr, 44, was abducted on his way home from work after leaving his office at around 10.30pm on Thursday evening. His vehicle was found in front of his house, its headlights on and its engine still running. Local reports suggest he was abducted while he was opening the gate to his garage.

The editor of The Nation immediately reported Noyahr's disappearance to the Dehiwala police.
The FMM has reported that while Noyahr was returned home early this morning, he is badly hurt and is currently in intensive care.

The IFJ believes Keith Noyahr was abducted and physically assaulted as a direct result of his work as a journalist.

As a defense writer for The Nation, Noyahr has reported on the on-going conflict between the Sri Lankan Army and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). According to a family member, he had received a number of threats in recent weeks.

The abduction and assault of Keith Noyahr is yet another alarming act of violence during a period of increasing hostility towards members of the media in Sri Lanka.

J.S. Tissainayagam, columnist of the Sunday Times and Editor of the website and V. Jesiharan, owner of the E-Kwality printing press and Manager of and his wife Walarmathi, remain in detention after being arrested in early March by the Terrorist Investigation Division of the Sri Lankan Police. No one has been charged in any court of law.

In 2007, Iqbal Athas, a defense correspondent and associate editor for The Sunday Times in Colombo, was attacked by the Sri Lankan government due to his criticism of government corruption and military expenditure.

The IFJ strongly condemns these attacks on members of the media community. The protection of journalists and media workers is vital not simply for freedom of the press, but also for a functioning democracy. Defense correspondents such as Keith Noyahr and Iqbal Athas in particular have a significant role in reporting on corruption within all levels of society and government.

The IFJ joins the FMM in demanding an immediate inquiry into the abduction and assault of Keith Noyahr. The perpetrators of this crime must be brought to justice and a message sent to those who attack media workers.

The IFJ congratulates the FMM and all individuals and organizations who banded together to put pressure on the government to ensure Keith Noyahr’s return.

Is this media freedom?

Is this media freedom?

Leading Five media organizations organized a protest (The Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association, Free Media Movement, Federation of Media Employees Trade Union, Sri Lanka Tamil Media Alliance and Sri Lanka Muslim Media Forum )today at Colpetty Junction against the attack on Nation Deputy Editor Keith Noyhar. (Pics by Dinuka Liyanawatte-daily mirror)

Associate Editor Keith Noyhar of The Nation newspaper published by Rivira Media House was abducted last night (22) near his house by an unknown group and he was released this morning after assaulting severely.

Mr. Noyhar who was returning home after duty was abducted near the gate of his house. He telephoned his wife around 10.10 PM just before he turned from the Gale Road to Waidya Road of Dehiwala wher his house is located.
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Missing Journalist admitted hospitl after badly beaten up

The Nation deputy editor Keith Noyhar returned home a short while ago badly beaten up. He has been admitted to hospital

A badly beaten up journalsit Keith Noyhar is pictured here being admitted to the Colombo National hospital early this morning after being released by his abductors. Pic by Pradeep K. Pathirana(Daily Mirror)

Journalist missing

Journalist missing

"The Nation" paper deputy editor and former Daily Mirror deputy editor Keith Noyhar has been reported missing and suspected to have been abducted after his car was found abandoned near his house last night. A police team has been deployed to locate him.

Three days ago on vesak full moon poya day attacked to Sirasa TV journalists at Kiribathgoda.