The Free Media Movement (FMM) would like note that Minister for Disaster Management and Human Rights, the Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe, M.P. has assured that the physical safety of journalist J.S. Tissainayagam will be looked after, and that some steps have already been taken in this regard. Two representatives of the Ministry had visited him in the prison 20th (yesterday) morning.
21st Nov 2008
FMM and the Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association (SLWJA) also visited Mr. Tissainayagam at the Magazine Prison this afternoon along with two diplomats. Prison authorities assured that Tamil prisoners, including journalists Tissainayagam and Jaseeharan, are already separated from other prisoners. A number of international organisations, including the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF), have sent urgent letters of concern to the Minister for Human Rights, and diplomatic community have conveyed their concerns as well.
FMM hopes that the assurances given and promises made by all relevant authorities including the Hon. Minister will be kept, and that basic humanitarian standards will be ensured during the detention of Tissainayagam and Jeseeharan.