US reminds Lanka on media freedom

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The United States has reminded the Sri Lankan government that support for media freedom was one of the many recommendations of the LLRC report and a component of the recent UNHCR resolution in Geneva.

Acting State Department Deputy Spokesperson Patrick Ventrell said the US condemns the reported attack against the Uthayan newspaper recently.

Responding to a question on Sri Lanka at the daily US State Department press briefing yesterday (Monday) Ventrell said the incident is the latest in a series of attacks against Uthayan and media organizations in general.

“And as we have said many times, we remain extremely concerned about threats to freedom of expression in Sri Lanka. Support for media freedom was one of the many recommendations of the LLRC report and a component of the recent UNHCR resolution in Geneva,” he said.

The acting Deputy Spokesperson said the US would like to urge the Sri Lankan authorities to protect freedom of expression, to conduct a credible investigation, and to hold perpetrators accountable. (Colombo Gazette)

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