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Radio Netherlands reporters detail Sri Lanka harassment

Two journalists for Radio Netherlands Worldwide have gone public with their story of Sri Lankan government harassment, which ultimately drove them out of the country last week. The episode had been reported on a few Tamil websites, but I had been unable to confirm the story independently. 

Now, you can get the story from the two radio reporters themselves. Even though they're back home, Radio Netherlands is identifying them only as Olivia and Philip to protect their identities for future assignments. The web page also has an audio interview with the two reporters.

Heavy-handed abuse is usually reserved for domestic journalists in Sri Lanka, although foreign correspondents based in Colombo have their own stories to tell of visa problems and officials angry with unflattering coverage.

The government is in denial mode these days after Britain's Channel 4 aired a documentary on widespread brutality at the end of the war with Tamil secessionists, and a U.N. investigation found evidence of war crimes by both sides. Visa procedures have tightened up significantly as the government hunkers down, fending off international criticism. 

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Denial of human rights violations to the international community while Rajapakses and the army commit crimes in the army-occupied Northeast.

Human Rights and News are the biggest businesses in the WORLD. Look at what News Corp has done in the name of press freedom!

Just because they are "journalists" from the West, they are not immune to local regulations. Sri Lankans are better off without them.

J. R. Jayawardena July 22, 2011 2:21:27 PM ET

In the name of sovereignty they suppress the rights of the minority people, with war on terror tag they kill the people who demand their equal rights.