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International Condemnation Over Attacks on Media

Oct 21, 2010 4:12:51 AM - thesundayleader.lk

By Udara Soysa

Several prominent international media organizations today (20) condemned the alleged police attack on journalists who were covering the university students’ protest within the premises of the University Grants Commission on October 14 last week.

In an exclusive interview, Vincent Brossel, Asia Director of  Reporters Without Borders (RSF) from Paris told The Sunday Leader that the attack on media “is a clear attempt to scare reporters covering demonstrations against the government.”

“If such type of violence by police officers is not sanctioned, reporters, especially photographers and cameraman, will be in danger when they cover demonstrations by the opposition, students and trade unionists,” he said.

Meanwhile,  Bob Dietz, coordinator of CPJ’s Asia Program, told The Sunday Leader that the “reality is that in Sri Lanka journalists can be attacked with impunity, and that doesn’t look to change any time soon”.

“It’s these sorts of attacks, whether the come at street level or are organized higher up the command chain that make it increasingly difficult to be a journalist in Sri Lanka,” he pointed out.