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 E-news attack blow to SL: image CaFFE

E-news attack blow to SL: image CaFFE

2011 Feb 02

Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) and the Centre for Human Rights (CHR) yesterday condemned the attack on the office of the local website, Lanka e-news stating it was a serious blow to media freedom and right to information and also to Sri Lanka’s reputation within the international community.

CaFFE Executive Director, Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon said Lanka e-news played an important role in disseminating news items and believed in the right to information to the people.

“We assume that the main reason behind these attacks were the revelations and investigations carried out by Lanka e-news. From looking at the damage done it is obvious that this was a well planned attack carried out to inflict maximum damage,” Tennakoon said.

“This attack on the media, right after the end of the Galle Literary Festival (GLF,) when the attention of the whole world is focused on Sri Lanka will hamper the country’s image,” he said.

He said while cartoonist and political commentator Prageeth Ekneligoda was abducted and has been missing for more than a year, the websites chief editor and his family members live abroad fearing for their lives. He said that due to frequent threats and pressure Lanka e-news had to shift their office from Rajagiriya to Malambe last year and Lanka e-news journalists have faced grave challenges in continuing their work.

“The challenge now is to assure the safety of journalists who are working to disseminate information to the people and to urge people to come forward to help protect the rights of the media,” he said.

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