The BBC has reported today that it is concerned by the questioning of Ponnaiah Manikavasagam, a reporter for BBC Tamil by Sri Lankan police forces yesterday.
Sri Lanka ranks 162nd out of 179 countries in the Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RWB).
RSF and Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS) made a joint statement:
“The authorities trying to intimidate and behave in a threatening manner should be seen as a serious assault on the already worsened media freedom and freedom of speech in Sri Lanka.”
In April there was an armed attack on the Tamil newspaper Uthayan in the northern city of Kilinochchi, and despite two employees being seriously injured, little was done to investigate.
And this was after the Sri Lankan government censored BBC Tamil language broadcasts in March “a day after the start of the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council’s latest session, which has been looking at the issue of war crimes in Sri Lanka.”