The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists is November 2. This time it is observed in the absence of justice being meted out for crime against Sri Lankan journalists. In this background, the Free Media Movement expresses its deep concern and condemnation.
In a study conducted recently, since 2000 until 2015 there have been 30 incidents of violence against media: 12 murders, 02 disappearances, 03 abductions, 06 assaults, 02 instances of intimidations and 05 instances of either attacks or demolitions of media institutions. The pathetic situation is that the Sri Lankan government has still failed to punish any of these culprits by law.
After the change of the government in 2015, although actions were taken to inquire into some of these incidents they failed due to various influences, lack of interest of the police and the lethargy of the Attorney General, we observe.
Hence, the Free Media Movement, as an organization that has been voicing for the rights of the journalist and against crimes on them for nearly three decades, demands all relevant parties to bring those responsible for crimes against journalists and media organizations before justice and punish them. FMM also reiterates to ensure the independence of the media in Sri Lanka.