22 September, 2020

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Jaffna Press Club Condemns Govt. Suppression; Three Tamil Journos Fled The Country In Last Two Months

The Jaffna Press Club strongly condemns attempts by the State to prevent the knowledge -based development workshops for Tamil speaking journalists tarnishing them with a racist brush in circumstances where the threats against journalists and media organisations from the North of Sri Lanka are already at a very high level.

MediaAn investigative journalism training workshop organised by Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) for journalists from the North-East was once again disrupted by state assisted goons. The workshop was disrupted by a group of more than hundred persons who carried out a protest against it.  On the 22nd of May, 2014, the same workshop organised by TISL at Girithale, in Polonnaruwa, for journalists of the North-East was suspended after the direct intervention of the security forces.  That workshop had been organised with the title of ‘Investigative reporting on the enforcement of the recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC)’. After receiving instructions from the Defence Ministry, military personnel from the Minneriya Army Base visited the site and issued a warning that led to the workshop being suspended. The journalists who had come for the workshop were sent back. The workshop was rescheduled for the 6th of June, 2014 and began at a hotel in Negombo.  It is in this situation that a group of persons held a protest outside the hotel demanding that the workshop be cancelled.

The chief demand of the protestors was to cancel the workshop and turn out the journalists. It is pertinent to note that there was no protest or objection when the same workshop was held for journalists of our fellow race. Therefore we cannot but conclude that this protest was held with a sinister objective. It has also become public that these persons came well prepared for the protest.

The Sri Lankan State has been campaigning amongst the international community stating that it has been enforcing the recommendations made by the LLRC. It has also been continuously releasing data and statistics relating to those who surrendered and the number of persons who had disappeared. But in the domestic sphere we see that Tamil journalists are denied the opportunity to even speak about the LLRC recommendations and their enforcement.

Many journalists in the North-East have been murdered with impunity in recent critical times. Some have been abducted or been disappeared. A number of journalists have escaped murder attempts with serious injuries. Such a critical situation has led to many journalists fleeing the profession and even the country. In recent times the risky situation for journalists of the North-East has re-escalated. In the last two months alone at least three journalists who worked in Jaffna have fled the country due to threats to their lives.

While the threats against the workshop were being made in Negombo, Sivagnanam Selvatheepan, a journalist from Jaffna who escaped an attempt on his life has fled Sri Lanka and sought refuge in a western country. We would like to therefore bring to the understanding of the international community that such continuous harassment of the media makes Sri Lanka an unfit place for journalists to live in safety and security.

* Press Release issued by the Jaffna Press Club

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    Asylum seekers!

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      The so called security forces should have PROTECTED the workshop that is perfectly legal and got rid of the protesting goons if they indeed were SECURITY FORCES.

      Clearly there is NO law and order and the Gota the war criminal’s massive security apparatus is only to protect the racist regime and its thugs..

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    Pres MR, is on record saying ” He has no objection if all Tamils are given asylum in any other country “, the same policy recommended by NU Jayawardena to JRJ; infact a former CMO of Airlanka tried to organize charter flights to Berlin for our Tamil Bro’s n Sisters to leave. The chap was castigated by a Presidential Commission on Airlanka for his attempted practice.

    Any brilliant attempt at reconciliation. Aiyyo!

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      “The Jaffna Press Club strongly condemns attempts by the State to prevent the knowledge -based development workshops for Tamil speaking journalists tarnishing them with a racist brush in circumstances where the threats against journalists and media organisations from the North of Sri Lanka are already at a very high level.”

      So, the Para-Mara wants to extend the courtesy to the North as well from the South.

      Welcome to Para-Sinhala culture from the South,,,

      Is there a new Jaffna Library to burn?

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        @Amarasiri

        “Is there a new Jaffna Library to burn? “
        I don’t think so; The BBS mentality wont allow any more Libraries to be built there. But one thing Im sure about – If one is ever built, there’ll be very many Gamini D’s to burn it down.

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      Don’t forget,in the late 60s Bathalawathy forced a pact with Shastri whereby indentured labourers slaving for generations on tea estates were to be given free transport to TamilNadu overnight. That was a time when we had Air Ceylon and the only landing strip was at Ratmalana. No different today. Rulers with the same communal mentality, only a different class of victims.

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    Only 3 . wth !!

    Cheers

    Abhaya

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      well yes only 3 man but when the goons and rapist come to your family then the exiled journalists might be the one to try and get justice for poor Abaya ;-)

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      Abaya,
      How many children or brothers you have? 3 or less?. What if this has happened to one of them? If you have human consciousness, then you will feel even one sibling likes a million men.

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    What reconcilliation with “Karachchal” b.ggers who are being mislead by the diaspora/ Catholic Church & the West……

    They want the Tamils to have the best of both Worlds with the aid of traitors from within. Its a $$ market out there.

    Catholic Church will want to create many Martyers So that they will adorned the International Church of Velupillai Prabakaran the freedom fighter & equate him to Jesus Christ as said by S.J.Emmanuel.
    According to this theologian & one time advisor to the Bishops conference in Asia who know best of the church history, Jesus fought the Romans onbehalf of the Jews and Velu fought the GOSL onbehalf of the Tamils.
    TO S.J.EMMANUEL THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE.

    very soon followers of World Tamil Movement will form the congregation worldwide to worship Prabakaran & wonder whether Emmanuel or Rayappu that will become the Pope of the Intl. Church of velupillai Prabakaran
    and all Tamil Martyers created by Emmanuel will adorn the walls of this church or temple dedicated to Velupillai Prabakaran..

    Allelujah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Hey, you talk like a drug addict on a heroin trip!

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      Thonda,
      It appears you are talking a bit too much about Catholic church. You need to understand there are bad apples in every society and religion. That doesn’t have to do anything with a particular religion. The same way many Buddhist monks interfere with the governance there can be few priests of other religions who may act similarly. The last thing Sri Lanka wants now is not a religious conflict.

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      Get ready to eat “Punnakku” very soon. This is what Maharaja will feed you southern Sinhala desha premi very soon. He already fed Punnakku to people in Weliweriya.

      A shouting protester could be hired for 8 hours for a packet of rice. Cheaper than a beggar and Lemon puff eating fast unto death joker.

      The future generation of hired Jokers have already been created.

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    I think Journalists and general Public in the north also should follow the southern system to enjoy the press freedom and right to protest. Recently there was a work shop conducted by some Tamil Diaspora guys at Negambo hotel and our General Public protested in front of the Hotel against the workshop using their right to protest. It was successful and finally Tamil Diaspora Guys who conducted the work shop had to return to Colombo. General public(only one) in the Colombo also protested using their right and finally workshop cancelled by the organizers due to peaceful protests. Now we have proved not only to the Madam Navi Pillay and new Jordan Prince but to the whole world that our people are enjoying freedom of expression and right to protest. even our university students are so lucky that they also have the right to enjoy the freedom of expression and right to protest as guaranteed by the Madamulana system. Even our Police respect such rights of Gen. Public and use only the minimum power when necessary. Sometime some students loose their eye or two or else eyes of some students come out of the eye sockets because of students mistakes. Fleeing Journalists from the country is nothing new. Hon. Rambukwella knows very well that Tamil Diaspora is the main reason of fleeing Journos from the country as they pay very well for such Journos. Now even our Police Officers are also doing some experiments by getting assaulted and burning his own car and crediting such acts to Hon. Ministers Accounts in order to seek asylum from western countries. But we the General public aware our Ministers are 100% pure Vegetarians. Whole world knows that our Ministers are well disciplined and never involve in this kind of things as they always follow their Master. Even our Master Blaster had to face the same situation and everybody knows that he doesn’t have time to involve in that kind of thing as he always busy with Air Hostesses.

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      Lapatiya

      “But we the General public aware our Ministers are 100% pure Vegetarians.”

      The Ministry Secretary too is vegetarian, the Aryan Sinhala/Buddhist butcher in chief.

      Hitler too was vegetarian.

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        We have surpassed Idi Amin’s Uganda and Mugabe’s Zimbabwe in destroying all those fine features of society and governance
        the much “reviled” British handed over to us. What do we have
        to boast of today – a Failed Society. I watched a video talk
        Narendra Modi, PM-designate, gave a group of Washington investors in English. I was struck by one statement “we must
        strengthen all those features that make our democracy strong” As to the Rajapakses, they think they are clever by subverting our many fine features and establishments of governance and law-order just to continue their avaricious plundering. Clever by half as the Brits would say.

        R. Varathan

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          No… no… India has surpassed. There is a Rape and Murder every 22 munites in Hindia.

          Have you heard of a RAPE of a Judge in Aligrah, in Uttara Pradesh in a High security Zone ?
          Amma JJ too is running scared.
          These Indian rapist do not spare anyone…….

          India has surpassed Idi Amin’s Uganda & Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe…….
          Sri Lanka has a long way to go to reach such levels.

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            Same things happen in Sri Lanka and at a higher rate on a per capita basis. The difference is that here crimes are state sponsored and mostly committed by state actors and protection granted by the police and the legal system.

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              Estate,
              Are you comparing Indian per capita rate with Sri Lanka?
              Can you list all rapes happened in Sri Lanka since 2009?

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                1800 reported rapes per year according to police reports. Eusense, do you know how to calculate per capita rate?

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                  avb,
                  From where did you get this number? Give readers a link. Are these 1800 victims tamil women? Is the DFSL personnel responsible for these? Is this part of the mass rape of Tamil women as the diaspora claim? Give all this info, then I will say whether “I know how to calculate per capita rate”

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            Thondamannar:

            For a couple who came to enjoy their holiday during Christmas, the goons from the ruling murdered her boyfriend and gang-raped her, in full vision of everyone around. Rape anywhere is rape and is a heinous crime against women. In the SL case, committing rape in front of everyone takes it to a very disgusting and sadistic level. This is what Buddha has taught you chaps. After all, a SL London monk (how disgusting) was convicted of sexual abuse. Ah, I almost forgot, the SL soldiers had a penchant for dropping their pants while serving with the UN in Haiti. The UN should have advised the Haitians to chop off the dicks of those who were desperate in exposing them.

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            Does Thondamannar agree in comparing the political shortcomings between India and Rajapaksa Land and bringing in a few incidents of rape in a billion+ population, we are going back to the apples and oranges comparison. Lest I be misunderstood, I condemn every
            single incidence of rape in India or elsewhere, which is an act, committed when the animal part of man takes over.

            R. Varathan

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    It is time that Sri Lanka follow the US procedure in allowing foreign/local entities to hold any kind of assembly/meeting/protests of people. Every, venue location has to apply for an event permit well prior to the event from the Department of Home Land Security. High application fee is the norm and the DHLS is not required to give reasons if request is denied.
    This way Sri Lanka can avoid unnecessary negative propaganda.

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    What will happen if Transparency International wants to have an investigative journalism workshop in the US on “Investigative reporting on the NSA surveillance program”?

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