IFJ in video campaign for Tissanayagam

The International Federation of Journalists and its Sri Lankan affiliates yesterday (Sept. 08th) launched an online campaign video condemning the arrest and indictment of senior Tamil journalist J.S. Tissanayagam, who passed his sixth month in jail the previous day.

IFJ said in a statement that all individuals and organizations are invited to join the campaign to Stop the War on Journalists in Sri Lanka.

They can also watch the “Release Tissa” video end of this letter to help generate international support to end the attacks on free media in Sri Lanka.

Tissanayagam was arrested on March 7, 2008, while working as the editor of the online magazine www.outreachsl.com.

After being held for five months without charge, he has been formally indicted by the High Court of Sri Lanka under emergency and anti-terrorism laws, according to the Free Media Movement (FMM), an IFJ affiliate.

The indictment reportedly refers to the printing, publishing and distribution of the North Eastern Monthly between June 1, 2006, and June 1, 2007; alleged offences to do with bringing the Government into disrepute; and the violation of 2006 Emergency Regulations with regard to allegations of aiding and abetting terrorist organisations through raising money for the magazine.

“The indictment against Tissanayagam in a country where journalism and journalists already face extreme threats marks a dangerous turning point for freedom of expression and the right to information in Sri Lanka,” IFJ Asia-Pacific said.

“The IFJ joins the international press freedom community in supporting our Sri Lankan colleagues who continue tirelessly to fight for the safety and protection of their colleagues and friends, including Tissanayagam.”

Source : Lanka Dissent

Read More: Asia_pacific

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