Journalist beaten, editor assaulted and robbed

20th May 2008

 

It has been reported to the Free Media Movement that one journalist was beaten and an editor was assaulted and robbed of his valuables in eastern town of Kathankudi in seemingly election related incidents. Kathankidi has been a scene of number of election related violence as well as widespread election mal practices in recently held eastern provincial council election.

 

Free lance journalist J.L. Jawfarkhan was beaten by party supporters on 19th afternoon around 1.20 pm.  He had been asked to get an interview from Provincial councilor M. Hisbullah by one of the TV stations in Colombo. When he went to see Mr. M. Hisbullah, his supporters shouting that journalist Jawfarkhan did not support them in the election started to beat him although Mr. Hisbullah asked them not to beat him saying he is a journalist. 

 

Mr. Jawfarkhan has made a complaint to the Kathankudi Police, identifying the persons who beat him.

 

On 9th May, one day before the PC election editor of weekend news paper Vaara Ureikal, Mr. M.I. Rahmahetulla alias Poovi was assaulted by a gang of three and robbed his digital camera   and Rs. 16,000 cash. The incident happened around 10.00 pm while he was on his way home after days work at the news paper office.  .According to FMM sources   this assault too is election related, the editor being blamed for not supporting a powerful politician in the area.

 

Although Mr. M.I. Rahmahetulla made complaint at the Kathankudi police on the same day so far no action has been taken by the police.

 

Kathankudi police has been criticised by independent election observers for being partial and not taking meaningful steps to stop large scale election mal practices that took place in the area. FMM is afraid that regarding above mentioned political motivated assaults Kathankudi police may not be impartial in carrying out investigations. 

 

Condemning both incidents as attacks of media freedom, FMM demand that the district police HQ and SSP Batticloa  intervene to ensure that culprits are brought before the law without delay.

 

FMM urge all politicians to respect journalist’s right to report and treat them equally despite their political affiliations.   At the same time FMM would like to reiterate that as journalists’ responsibility to act independent of political believes and affiliations become all the more important in times of elections. We request all journalists and media to be independent in covering elections.

 

 

Journalist beaten, editor assaulted and robbed

 

It has been reported to the Free Media Movement that one journalist was beaten and an editor was assaulted and robbed of his valuables in eastern town of Kathankudi in seemingly election related incidents. Kathankidi has been a scene of number of election related violence as well as widespread election mal practices in recently held eastern provincial council election.

 

Free lance journalist J.L. Jawfarkhan was beaten by party supporters on 19th afternoon around 1.20 pm.  He had been asked to get an interview from Provincial councilor M. Hisbullah by one of the TV stations in Colombo. When he went to see Mr. M. Hisbullah, his supporters shouting that journalist Jawfarkhan did not support them in the election started to beat him although Mr. Hisbullah asked them not to beat him saying he is a journalist. 

 

Mr. Jawfarkhan has made a complaint to the Kathankudi Police, identifying the persons who beat him.

 

On 9th May, one day before the PC election editor of weekend news paper Vaara Ureikal, Mr. M.I. Rahmahetulla alias Poovi was assaulted by a gang of three and robbed his digital camera   and Rs. 16,000 cash. The incident happened around 10.00 pm while he was on his way home after days work at the news paper office.  .According to FMM sources   this assault too is election related, the editor being blamed for not supporting a powerful politician in the area.

 

Although Mr. M.I. Rahmahetulla made complaint at the Kathankudi police on the same day so far no action has been taken by the police.

 

Kathankudi police has been criticised by independent election observers for being partial and not taking meaningful steps to stop large scale election mal practices that took place in the area. FMM is afraid that regarding above mentioned political motivated assaults Kathankudi police may not be impartial in carrying out investigations. 

 

Condemning both incidents as attacks of media freedom, FMM demand that the district police HQ and SSP Batticloa  intervene to ensure that culprits are brought before the law without delay.

 

FMM urge all politicians to respect journalist’s right to report and treat them equally despite their political affiliations.   At the same time FMM would like to reiterate that as journalists’ responsibility to act independent of political believes and affiliations become all the more important in times of elections. We request all journalists and media to be independent in covering elections.

 

 

 

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