Eknelygoda, a political reporter and cartoonist for Lanka eNews, disappeared on the night of January 24, two days before the presidential elections that gave the incumbent president a sweeping victory that will keep him power for six more years.
New York, May 3, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is heartened by news reports today that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has issued a pardon to Sri Lankan journalist J.S. Tissainayagam, left. CPJ is waiting for official clarification, however, concerning several important details.
Staffers at Sirasa TV confirmed media
reports that about 200 people gathered outside the in-town office of the
independent broadcaster and threw stones, breaking windows and injuring staffers
on March 22, 2010. Some in the crowd carried posters in Sinhala and English
protesting the station’s plan to broadcast a concert by pop singer Akon
scheduled for April in the capital city,
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