Friday, October 7, 2011

Media under attack in Sri Lanka fights back

Lasantha Ruhunage, the Secretary of Sri Lanka Working Journalists' Association has complained to the Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya against the alleged election malpractices of Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

Ruhunage a journalist of Ravaya newspaper says “Defence Secretary requested the people to assure the victory of Milinda Moragoda and later he addressed a campaign rally that supports UPFA candidates."

He argues that senior public officers do not have political rights. He further argues that the Defense Secretary's move is against the establishment code and amount to misuse of public assets.

Meanwhile, five media organizations of Sri Lanka vehemently condemned an action what they call as high handed by Moratuwa [p;ice of Sri Lanka.

The police is alleged of erasing a footage of a journalist of Sirasa TV Indika Sri Aravinda.
Issuing a joint communique, the five media organizations urged the Inspector General of Police to conduct a fair investigation on the police action.

The five media organizations, namely the Sri Lanka Working Journalists' Association, The Federation of Media Employees Trade Union, The Sri Lanka Muslim Media Forum, The Sri Lanka Tamil Journalists Alliance, The Sri Lanka Chapter of the South Asian Free Media Association and the Free Media Movement say this action is violation of people's tight to be
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