New York, March 8, 2011--Five prominent media rights organizations sent a letter on Monday to United
Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, calling on the U.N. to intervene in the
case of Prageeth Eknelygoda, the Sri Lankan columnist and cartoonist for the Lanka
eNews website, who disappeared on January 24, 2010. Since then, the letter
notes, his wife, Sandhya Eknelygoda, has been asking the Sri Lankan government
for any information about his fate. She has been given no word from any
person in the government. Eknelygoda's disappearance and his wife's efforts on
his behalf have been widely reported in Sri Lankan and international media.