Government asked to guarantee distribution of Tamil newspapers in east of country

first_img to go further Help by sharing this information Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists News July 15, 2020 Find out more News News Reporters Without Borders today called on media and information minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa to act quickly to ensure that all Tamil newspapers can circulate freely in areas controlled by the government.A pro-government militia led by Tamil warlord Karuna has reimposed a ban on the Sunday edition of the newspaper Virakesari, with the result that the last two issues were unable to circulate in the east of the country. This means the Sunday editions of all three Tamil dailies – Thinakural, Virakesari and Sudar Oli – cannot circulate because of threats to distributors by the militia.Karuna banned all four of the Virakesari press group’s newspapers on 23 October. Sales were able to resume after the government issued a statement condemning this press freedom violation. The president himself ordered the chief of police to prevent further attacks on Tamil newspapers on 27 October. A ban on Sudar Oli and Thinakural has been in effect for much longer.Enforcement of the ban is strictest in the Batticaloa region, where distributors regularly receive death threats. On the other hand, there are no obstacles to distribution of the governmental Tamil newspaper Thinakaran. July 29, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en center_img Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Follow the news on Sri Lanka December 7, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government asked to guarantee distribution of Tamil newspapers in east of country Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News January 13, 2021 Find out more Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Organisation last_img read more