Uthayan newspaper attack condemned

Free Media Movement (FMM) in Sri Lanka has condemned Tuesday’s attack on the Uthayan newspaper office, Jaffna.

“An attack happening at a place which is under police protection raises serious questions about the freedom of media in Sri Lanka”, says the convenor of the FMM Chulawansa Srilal.

According to media reports, the grenade attack took place on Tuesday night around 11.00 p.m.

“We heard a loud explosion and the windows were damaged” said Gnanasundram Kuhanadan, chief reporter of the Uthayan newspaper.

A police officer who was on guard duty at Uthayan newspaper office was wounded in the explosion caused by the grenade which was lobbed into the ground floor of the office.

This is the fifth time that the Udayan Newspaper office has been subjected to attack in the recent years.

Investigation

The Reporters without Borders (RSF) says that this is another attempt to stop distribution of Uthayan and comes less than a month after the arrest of N. Vithyatharan, the editor of the Tamil daily Sudar Oli, an Uthayan press group publication.

The media watch dog RSF said. “We urge the Sri Lankan authorities to carry out a thorough investigation with the aim of arresting those responsible and bringing them to trial.”

Meanwhile N. Vithyatharan the editor of the Tamil daily Sudar Oli has filed a fundamental rights petition challenging his arrest by the police.

Source : BBC

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