IFJ condemns death threats against a Shakthi TV journalist

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 21 November 2006, 09:35 GMT]
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Monday said it is deeply concerned for the safety of the head of Tamil-language Shakthi TV, J. Sri Ranga, after police reportedly informed the MTV/MBC network on November 12 that Ranga's life was in grave danger.

According to an IFJ affiliate, the Free Media Movement (FMM), the threats came shortly after the channel broadcast a talk show on the assassination of a Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian.

"Against the backdrop of eroding press freedom and the rising number of journalist murders and assaults in Sri Lanka, this death threat must be taken seriously," IFJ President Christopher Warren said.

According to the FMM, this is not the first time Ranga has received death threats related to the numerous sensitive political issues covered in his weekly popular show, Minnal, yet there has been little progress in investigating these threats.

"Death threats seem to be becoming an increasingly common method used to try and intimidate and influence journalists, and they thus must be treated by authorities as a violation of press freedom," the IFJ President said.

"An environment in which journalists cannot operate without fear for their safety undermines the public’s right to information and will only exacerbate the worsening conflict in Sri Lanka,"he said.

"We now challenge the Sri Lankan authorities to demonstrate their commitment to an open and peaceful Sri Lanka by fully investigating these threats and fostering a safe environment for journalists and media workers," Warren said.


Related Articles:
10.11.06   Tamil Parliamentarian Raviraj assassinated in Colombo

 

Latest 15 Reports
21.05.20 15:56   Photo
TYO-UK pushes back on British Foreign Secretary's May 18 tweet
20.05.20 22:09  
SL TID interrogates outspoken Tamil activist VS Sivakaran in Mannaar
19.05.20 16:23   Photo
IBC's sister-media Gagana used to threaten Tamil villagers in Trinco on 18 May Remembrance
19.05.20 07:42   Photo
Eezham Tamil and Muslim solidarity non-negotiable in true spirit of Mu'l'livaaykkaal
18.05.20 23:20   Photo
Occupying SL military desecrates Remembrance Day candles, harasses Tamil politicians
18.05.20 07:11   Photo
Remembrance event urges Tamils to own justice project, establish genocidal intent of Sinhala state
17.05.20 05:18   Photo
Break paradigm that regards Tamils as victims to achieve equitable solution: Balakumaran in 2004
16.05.20 16:54   Photo
The Guardian succumbs to pressure from SL High Commission on indigenous term Eelam
15.05.20 12:26   Photo
SL Army fires at Tamil youth in Point Pedro, Jaffna
14.05.20 21:28   Photo
IC deceived Tamils on genocide investigation: Students of Faculty of Art at Jaffna University
13.05.20 22:55   Photo
Remembrance of Tamil Genocide and Resistance commences in occupied Tamil Eelam
12.05.20 23:03  
India neither ‘balancer’ or ‘challenger’ to China in Indo-Pacific: Aussie think-tank
11.05.20 20:25  
Outspoken CCP called back from North, former commander appointed as top health bureaucrat
10.05.20 21:24  
Mannaar fishers confront off-season right after Pandemic curfew ravaging their livelihood: Alam
09.05.20 11:31   Photo
Occupying Sinhala soldiers mete out revenge assaults against Tamil families in Jaffna, Vanni
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=20351