Give me back my child
A woman, whose child died from drinking tainted milk, holds a sign reading 'Give me back my child' outside Shijiazhuang Intermediate People's Court, Hebei province. REUTERS
Sri Lankan authorities must ensure that the country's media are allowed to work without restriction and in safety, Amnesty International said today.
"The Sri Lankan authorities are doing little to ensure the safety of the country’s media, or to prosecute those responsible for murdering or attacking them. They are also directly responsible for subjecting journalists to harassment and interrogation, " said Yolanda Foster, Amnesty International' s Sri Lanka Researcher.
Sandaruwan Senadheera, editor of 'Lanka-e-news' (www.lankaenews.com)was questioned for six hours today by officers from the special wing of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at their headquarters in Colombo Fort about a complaint lodged by the Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse.
The complaint concerned an article posted on the website on 21 February 2008 headlined 'International intelligence service suspends providing information to
Picture-Lasantha Wicramatunge and his body
This comes a day after an assault on Upali Tennakoon, chief editor of the Rivira weekly newspaper, and his wife Dhammika, and follows the fatal shooting earlier this month of Lasantha Wickramatunga, editor of the Sunday Leader newspaper.
At least 14 media workers have been unlawfully killed in
"Without a free media that is able to express alternative views and offer the opportunity for public scrutiny, abuses can flourish under a veil of secrecy and denial.