Posted on 12.29.2020 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
(TopNews) Udayan, the most circulated tabloid newspaper publishes in Jaffna, been unfortunately tagged as a most harassed newspaper from previous Rajapaksha regime, came to spotlight again.
This time police filed a court case against them for publishing slain LTTE leader Prabhakaran’s photo. However, according to former MP E Saraanabawan, Police are trying to take revenge from the newspaper as one of its news items humiliated them.
The Tamil Guardian website has carried a news item of a Jaffna HQI’s statement about Tamil people. The Udayan quoted this news on their latest issue. The Jaffna HQI has told in court premises that ‘ We offered pizza for those who used to eat Wadai.’ The news item was circulated in social media with heated discussion targeting police.
‘This was the case that police are taking malice from the Udayan newspaper’, E Saraanapawan said.
Many media institutions were publishing Prabhakaran’s photo on their news items without facing any obstructions. However, only Udayan faces this extreme harassment, sources said.
Udayan has been a strong critique of the regime. It has faced many attacks since 1987 and killed its journalists, even newsagents. The veteran international journalist and regular contributor of the Udayan, ‘Nimalarajan’ also killed by ‘unknown gunmen’ during the war’s peak time.
The Jaffna based newspaper recently contributed heavily to find the whereabouts of missing people during and after the war. It also observed that the many media organizations who voiced about the press freedom in the south keep in silence or ill-informed about this case.
The Udayan publisher Sarawnabavan pointed out that he hasn’t received any official charge sheet, but came to know this from the media.
The hearing case against Udayan set on March 21, 2021.