South Asia

Workshop for Tamil journalists in Colombo disrupted

In an apparent case of intimidation of journalists, a group of persons disrupted a training programme organised for Tamil journalists on Saturday.

Journalists from Jaffna had travelled south to Colombo for a workshop on electronic media organised by the Free Media Movement, a collective working for media rights in Sri Lanka.

“The organisers were forced to stop the programme because of intimidation by dozens of protesters,” news agency AFP quoted Sunil Jayasekera, Free Media Movement (FMM) spokesman.

He said the organisers were concerned about the safety of the participants and were forced to cancel it. “They carried placards saying that we are supporting [separatist] Tamil Tigers [guerrillas],” Mr. Jayasekera said. A section of the media reported allegations made by the Tamil journalists that Sri Lankan Army personnel had planted a packet of drugs into their vehicle while it stopped at a military check-point. Police detained the driver of their vehicle and later freed the journalists after questioning them for hours. Military spokesman Ruwan Wanigasooriya denied security forces had framed the journalists and said they searched the vehicle on a tip-off that it was transporting narcotics, the AFP reported.

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