By Maryam Azwer
Following a letter from five well-known media rights organizations to the United Nations requesting UN intervention in the case of missing Sri Lankan journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, the UN has expressed its concern about the matter.
At the UN’s noon briefing on Wednesday (March 9), Spokesperson for Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Martin Nesirky, confirmed that the letter had been received and that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNESCO had been looking into the Eknaligoda case, and would follow up.
He had also added that the Secretary-General is concerned about the disappearance of any journalist.
The letter, signed by representatives of the Cartoonists Rights Network International, the Committee to Protect Journalists, International Media Support, Reporters Without Borders, and the International Federation of Journalists, highlights that over a year since the disappearance of Lanka eNews journalist and cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda, his family is yet to receive any information from the Government.
“As a coalition of press freedom and human rights organizations, several of whom enjoy Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) consultative status with the U.N., we are well aware that Eknelygoda’s disappearance is symptomatic of a broader malaise in Sri Lanka in which media workers are often victims of repression and violence. Our concerns for his safety are well founded,” the letter reads