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Obama Govt. appalled by attacks on media

[Sunday Times.lk, Saturday, 24 January 2009 22:26 No Comment]

The new Obama administration in the United States has expressed shock and dismay over the continuing attacks on journalists in Sri Lanka and called on the Sri Lankan government to take swift action to stop this dangerous trend against democracy.

 

The call by the US State Department came hours after Rivira Editor Upali Tennakoon and his wife were attacked as they were driving to work from their residence at Imbulgoda, off Weliveriya.

 

“The United States is appalled by continuing physical attacks and threats against media personnel in Sri Lanka,” the State Department’s acting spokesman Robert A. Wood said in a statement.

 

“These serious reports are disturbing indicators of the deteriorating atmosphere for media independence in Sri Lanka. A free and independent media is vital to ensuring the health and continuation of any democracy.

“We call on the Government of Sri Lanka to protect all of its citizens by enforcing law and order, preventing intimidation of the media,

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