The Sri Lankan military has been accused of spying on journalists who are covering the Northern Provincial Council elections. “As we travel around the north, they are keeping a close eye on us too.” Andrew North, BBC’s South Asia correspondent wrote last night.
He wrote; “The mood among most Tamils in northern Sri Lanka is far more downcast as they prepare to vote this weekend for their first ever provincial government.
“But few are willing to talk openly, because of the ubiquitous and often suffocating military presence.
“At the wedding event the authorities are keeping a close eye, to make sure all goes to plan.
“As we travel around the north, they are keeping a close eye on us too.
“Within minutes of arriving in the Tigers’ former military stronghold of Mullaitivu, a Sri Lankan army patrol turns up to question us.
“A man who had been following us then gives the soldiers an account of our movements.
“The same happens in Jaffna, when we try to talk to shopkeepers. Soldiers appear, then a police car and several men in plain clothes. Soon everyone dries up. We hear later that the one man we had talked to had been questioned.”