Media associations to hold demonstration against harassment
[TamilNet, Monday, 09 January 2006, 20:28 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association, Sri
Lanka Tamil Media Alliance, Sri Lanka Muslim Media Forum and Media
Employees Trade Union Federation have decided to hold a demonstration in
front of the Fort Railway Station in Colombo Thursday evening against the
security forces for harassing Tamil media persons and media institutions
using the Emergency Regulations, sources said
In recent times search operations at media institutions and arrest of
journalists and other harassment, particularly targeting Tamil media
institutions and media persons, are on the increase. Security forces refuse
to accept media accreditation cards by the Department of Information when
they arrest Tamil media persons. The security forces had assaulted Tamil
media persons who were covering a demonstration in Jaffna recently and were not
accepting their media accreditation card. Photographers of two Tamil
dailies have been subjected to inquiry for taking photographs of Tamil
people when they were arrested and detained in Colombo police stations.
Security forces searched offices of two Tamil dailies published in Jaffna
recently, said a press release issued by these five media associations Monday.
"Hence we have decided hold a demonstration in front of the Fort railway
station on Thursday evening to oppose using the Emergency Regulations
against the Tamil media institutions and Tamil media persons and demanding
the security forces to accept the government media accreditation cards,"
said the press release.