BDJU condemns attack on Muslim Tamil editor in Batticaloa
[TamilNet, Friday, 03 April 2009, 09:36 GMT]
“Killings and abductions of media men and threats to their lives which have become daily events in the country have now reached Kaaththaankudi too,” the statement released by Batticaloa District Journalists Union (BDJU) said. The Union staged a silent protest demonstration Thursday in Kaaththaankudi condemning the attack on M. I. Rahamthulla, a Muslim Tamil editor of the Tamil weekly ‘Vaara Uraikal’ Wednesday midnight in his house on Dean Veethi in Kaaththaankudi in Batticaloa district.
The attackers had beaten and cut Rahmathulla with swords besides destroying his valuable implements and properties, BDJU representatives said.
“We condemn this violence, unleashed on journalists and media persons, which cause pain and frustration to them who brave so many odds in their noble profession,” the statement said.
“We all should jointly endeavor to identify the attackers,” it further said.
Wednesday midnight, a masked gang of five armed men forcibly entering the house of the Muslim editor, M. I. Rahmathulla, of the Tamil weekly newspaper ‘Vaara Uraikal’ on Dean Veethi in Kaaththaankudi heavily assaulted him.
The weekly which comes out every Friday exposes the political malpractice and corruption related to the Government Development Projects, Mosques and government administration in the area.