Wednesday, 02 July 2008 16:06
Political leaders, media workers, trade unionists and civil society activists took to the streets of Kollupitiya in Colombo this afternoon (July 02nd) and strongly condemned the continuing attacks on media personnel.
The Free Media Movement led five local media rights groups organized the agitation that came after the assault of journalist Namal Perera.
Mr. Perera, who is deputy head of the advocacy section of the Sri Lanka Press Institute and his friend Mahendra Ratnaweera, political head at the British Embassy in Colombo, were brutally attacked by a group of thugs on June 30th in Kirulapone.
Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and UNP strongmen Lakshman Kiriella, Ravi Karunanayake, Dayasiri Jayasekara, Ranjan Ramanayake as well as Rosie Senanayake, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader Rauff Hakeem, Western People’s Front leader Mano Ganeshan and Upulanganie Malagamuwa of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Mahajana Wing participated on invitation.
The protestors carried photographs of the SLPI journalist and marched from Kollupitiya Junction to Liberty Roundabout.
Speaking here, former Convener of the Free Media Movement Sunanda Deshapriya called for the immediate arrest of those responsible for the latest attack on journalists.
Otherwise, the government should take full responsibility for the incident, he said.
Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and other politicians at the event noted that there was a powerful government hand behind this attack.