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Sri Lanka urged to free reporter

[BBC, Thursday, 4 December 2008 07:47 No Comment]

Human Rights Watch has called on Sri Lanka’s government to free prominent Tamil journalist, JS Tissainayagam.

image Mr Tissainayagam was arrested in March and charged with inciting violence in articles in his magazine, the North Eastern Monthly, which has been shut.

 

He has also been accused of aiding terrorist organisations through raising money for the magazine.

The international rights group said Sri Lanka was shamefully using anti-terror laws to silence peaceful critics.

 

‘Drop charges’

Human Rights Watch called on the authorities to release Mr Tissainayagam from prison in Colombo, where it says he has been threatened by other inmates.

 

It also asked the government to drop all charges against him.

 

Mr Tissainayagam has for some years been an outspoken critic of the government, especially in relation to the country’s civil war.

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