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Minister Douglas intimidates Yarl Thinakural editor, manager in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Thursday, 1 April 2010 08:09 No Comment]

Minister Douglas Devananda publicly warned the editor of Yarl Thinakural K. Vamathevan and its administrative manager A. Nadarajah for having published front page news on the attack on Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) candidate Ankajan contesting Jaffna electorate Thursday early morning, affecting election propaganda for his Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) besides damaging his reputation, in a press meet he held for the local media in Jaffna Srithar Theatre Thursday morning. Douglas Devananda openly threatened that Vamathevan and Nadarajah will not be able to go for work Friday if they fail to apologize to him. This not so hidden threat to their lives has created fear and panic among the media persons in Jaffna peninsula. This threat to media persons Thursday comes on the day President Mahinda Rajapakse is expected to come to Jaffna to engage in election propaganda.

Minister Douglas Devananda further accused Yarl Thinakural editor and administrative manager for purposely misreporting the Thursday early morning attack and claimed that it was SLFP candidate Ankajan’s group that had opened fire on and burnt the vehicle of Jaffna Mayor Ms. Patkunam Yogeswary and not as Yarl Thinakural had reported the attack.

The minister further instructed Yarl Thinakural editor to publish his version of the attack in Friday Yarl Thinakural.

Besides, during the press meet Minister Douglas Devanada phoned the owner of Colombo Thinakural daily Sami and its chief editor Thanabalasingham and spoke to them with the phone speaker on so that the attendees of the press meet could hear the conversation.

Editor Thanabalasingham and owner Sami said that they knew nothing about the said news coverage and added that Yarl Thinakural has been infiltrated by persons who act on their own.

They further requested Douglas Devananda to summon the persons involved to Srithar Theatre and warn them, the sources said.

This has caused shock and fear among the local media persons.

Conflict and clashes between the SFLP candidates and EPDP candidates contesting Jaffna electorate have begun to surface frequently in Jaffna peninsula.

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