Tamil daily reporter attacked in Ampaa’rai
[TamilNet, Sunday, 10 October 2010, 05:22 GMT]
Unidentified men arriving on a motorcycle attacked the Addaa’laichcheanai reporter of Tamil national daily Virakesari Thursday noon on Addaa’laichcheanai Main Street in Akkaraipattu police division in Ampaa’rai district. The seriously injured reporter, S. M. Arooz, is admitted to Paalamunai hospital with severe chest pain, hospital sources said. The reporter said that he was attacked by supporters of a prominent political party which is a constituent of Sri Lanka government, according to his complaint to Akkaraipattu police.
Arooz was riding on his motorcycle along Addaa’laichcheanai Main Street when the men had attacked him.
Journalists and media persons in Sri Lanka are not allowed to work independently due to intimidation and attacks by Sri Lanka government in recent times and the attack on Virakeasari reporter is one among such incidents, media circles said.