SLA soldiers search Jaffna press, threaten workers

[TamilNet, Thursday, 15 December 2005, 05:52 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army cordoned off the offices of the popular Tamil daily Namathu Eelanaadu located in Navalar road Jaffna Thursday 6.30 a.m. and searched the editorial, administrative and press sections of the paper's offices thoroughly for nearly half an hour, workers at the premises said. SLA soldiers questioned several workers at the daily and demanded to see workers' national identity cards. Civil groups expressed alarm at this ominous development to suppress press freedom in Jaffna district.

Soldiers also blocked the roads leading to the Namathu Eelanaadu office and searched civilians attempting to pass the offices. Many without national identity cards were detained for several hours, sources said.

Officials of daily Valampuri with offices located close to Namathu Eelanaadu said that workers entering the offices were stopped at the entrance to the building and questioned by the SLA soldiers Thursday morning. Several workers were also threatened by the soldiers, according to some employees at the newspaper building.

North Sri Lanka Journalists Association condemned the harassment of the journalists and newspaper workers by the SLA troops and demanded that all harassment be stopped, and urged the Sri Lanka Government to take all efforts to safeguard press freedom.

 

Latest 15 Reports
18.04.19 21:24   Photo
Sinhala colonisation escalated in Vavuniyaa North with a multitude of players backing infrastructure
17.04.19 23:18   Photo
Journalist harassed after exposing SLN surveillance on peaceful protest in Vanni
16.04.19 22:20   Photo
Uprooted Tamils in Karanthaay enter their lands in dispute with SL authority
15.04.19 23:44   Photo
Linguistic discrimination, insensitive iconography used to establish Sinhala Buddhist hegemony
14.04.19 22:43   Photo
Colombo schemes new settler colony for intruding Sinhala fishers in Mullaiththeevu
13.04.19 08:01   Photo
Tamil youth in Batticaloa irked by SL State-backed southern company bent on ilmenite mining
12.04.19 21:01   Photo
SLA deployed Tamils as human shields in 1990, activists allege mass graves in Jaffna islet
11.04.19 23:47   Photo
Assange arrest: Declaration of war against digital civil society by bandwagoning powers
10.04.19 21:25  
Tamils discriminated in demarcation of education zones in Ampaa'rai district
09.04.19 17:20   Photo
Analyst: Transitional justice will never work, SL State institutionally genocidal
08.04.19 22:13  
Tamil Nadu politician's family continues ‘Sri Lanka’ investment, disregards criticism
07.04.19 23:39  
Employment discrimination in educational sector in East
06.04.19 22:59   Photo
Monks groom SL police on misusing UN rights intended for controlling hate speech
05.04.19 22:31   Photo
SL State appropriates lands of Tamils in Batticaloa under ‘Mahaweli’ scheme
04.04.19 23:46   Photo
Colombo's next step of genocide: urbanising and linking Mannaar-Trinco belt with South
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=16552