Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a New York based media rights group, on Friday called for the immediate release of an Indian journalist and film-maker, Maga Thamizh Prabhagaran who was arrested by the occupying Sri Lankan military and Police in Vanni on Wednesday.
"Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa continually insists that his administration has nothing to hide, yet time and time again, we see authorities harass and intimidate journalists in an effort to prevent them from doing their work," said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon.
"Sri Lanka should release Tamil Prabhakaran immediately," Joel Simon said.
In the meantime, news sources in Colombo said that the journalist was being subjected to interrogation by the so-called Terrorist Investigation Department of SL Police.
The TID is manned by SL military intelligence operatives who receive direct instructions from the SL Defence Ministry in Colombo.