10 Year Struggle of Lankan Media Activists: Fighting Justice for 44 Assassinated Journalists !
Posted on 01.28.2021 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
(TopNews) Mahinda Rajapaksha’s tenure in office 2005 – 2010 killed over 44 journalists in north and south’. However, consecutive governments failed to punish even a single person responsible for those murders, eastern journalists states.
‘The culprits are now operating freely. Even the previous governments have done nothing despite credible evidence with their hand. Therefore we think the threat still exists’ the spokesman for the eastern journalists said.
‘They are smartly carried out self-censorship.’ Sri Lankan writer Indi Samarajiva told London based news site Byline Times. “They don’t beat or kill journalists in the streets now, they bring them in for questioning or attack their character in the press itself or on social media. They understand that self-censorship is more potent than state censorship.
On January, last year, set of leaflets posted to Batticoloa media organization’s office threatening to its members. Furthermore, security forces arrested several activities without a valid reason. Some of them were arrested for sharing anti-government posts in social media.
The 15th death anniversary of veteran journalist Subramaniam Sugirdharajan was held in Batticaloa. Known as ‘Rajan’, Subramaniam was worked to ‘Udayan’ and ‘Oli’ newspapers. He published a photograph that carried robust evidence for security forces’ involvement in killing five schoolchildren in 2006. However, Rajan as killed on 24th January 2016 in front of Governer’s residence, Trincomalee, few days after this exposure.