Jul 3, 2008

Impact of the attack on british embassy journalist.

namal pereraAn unidentified group attacked on Course coordinator of the Sri Lanka Press Institute Namal Perera and a press officer of the British High Commission in Colombo Mahendra Ratnaweera on two days ago at Narahenpita.
Namal Perera is a defence analyst and also he is the main co-ordinator of the recently held protests by the media organizations against government.

Namal Perera told reporters that attackers are came by a white color van and attackers smashed windows and beat them until other motorists stopped and rushed to their help.However, the attackers escaped in their van

British High Commissioner Peter Hayes condemned the attack and called on authorities to thoroughly investigate the incident and bring the culprits to justice.
"I condemn in the strongest terms this despicable act on innocent civilians," Hayes said in a statement. He stressed he was demanding a full investigation.

Meanwhile US embassy also condemned the attck and demands further investigation on attack."We are deeply concerned by a series of recent incidents involving members of the Sri Lankan media. A press that is free of intimidation is an essential component of any democracy.
We note the recent formation of a ministerial committee to ensure the independence of the media, inquire into complaints of harassment and death threats against media personnel and intervene where warranted, and hope this leads to a more conducive environment for the practice of journalism in Sri Lanka." The US embassy added.

Hundreds of journalists along with opposition politicians staged a protest at the Kollupituya junction on 2nd July, against the attack.Free Medi Movement says this is only just one case against journalists.

Meanwhile the Newspaper publishers offered a reward of Rs5 million for any information that would lead to the arrest of those responsible for the attack.


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