When we launched the new edition of Attacks
on the Press at the United Nations today, I was hit with questions
about Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Both dealt with what amounts to the same problem:
What do you do when you're asking a government to investigate a crime in which
it might have been the perpetrator?
The Sri Lanka question came first. What is happening in the case of Prageeth Eknelygoda, a critical cartoonist and columnist who disappeared more than a year ago? The question starts around 17:07 on the U.N.'s archived webcast of the event. The Pakistan question, which starts at around 33:55, addresses the case of Umar Cheema, another critical columnist. Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka get ample coverage in this year's Attacks on the Press.