Tuesday, 09 September 2008 18:56
Five Media has strongly condemned the attempt on the life of woman journalist Radhika Devakumar last night (Sept. 08th).
In a statement, the local media rights group said the correspondent for Tamil newspaper ‘Thinakaran’ for the past eight years’ was shot by unidentified gunmen at her home at Kalladi, Batticaloa.
She is still in serious condition at Batticaloa Hospital.
Ms. Devakumar also served as the media coordinator for east chief minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan for a short period.
At a media awards presentation last year organized by Five Media, she was recognized for her services to the field.
The statement urges authorities to conduct a speedy investigation and bring the culprits to book.
It also called for safeguards for the protection of journalists and an atmosphere conducive for them to engage in their profession freely