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

Another journalist killed, ninth this year, motive not yet known

first_img RSF_en News August 25, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another journalist killed, ninth this year, motive not yet known April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Honduras 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information HondurasAmericas May 13, 2021 Find out more to go furthercenter_img The body of Israel Zelaya Díaz, a radio journalist based in the northwestern city of San Pedro Sula, was found at a roadside yesterday. He had been shot. His death brings the number of Honduran journalists murdered since the start of the year to nine. A member of the Association of Journalists of Honduras, Zelaya presented a programme on Radio Internacional.“The fact that the motive, as in most of the other cases, has yet to be determined, should not be used as pretext of ruling out the possibility that this murder was related to the victim’s work as a journalist, or that it was politically motivated,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This is what the authorities have usually done since the June 2009 coup d’état, which had such a tragic impact on media freedom.”The press freedom organisation added: “Justice had not been rendered in any of the cases of violence involving the Honduran press in the past 14 months. We call on those investigating Zelaya’s murder to give priority to the possibility of a link to his work as a journalist.”Zelaya’s body was found beside a sugarcane field near Villanueva, a town to the south of San Pedro Sula. According to initial reports, he had been shot three times in the head. The fact that neither his money nor any of his personal belongings had been taken indicate that the motive was not robbery.In the course of a career as a journalist that began in the 1960s, Zelaya had worked for two of the country’s leading radio stations, HRN and Radio América, as well as for the daily La Tribuna. His home was the target of an arson attack at the beginning of the year.Zelaya’s murder confirms Honduras’ joint status with nearby Mexico as the two deadliest countries in the western hemisphere for journalists. They are among the world’s most dangerous places for the media.Only one of the nine journalists murdered in Honduras since the start of the years has so far been added to the Reporters Without Borders list of journalists killed in connection with their work. It is Televisora de Aguán-Canal 5 news director Nahum Palacios Arteaga, who was gunned down on 14 March after being the target of serious threats believed to have come from the army.News media and journalists critical of the 2009 coup have been the constant target of threats and harassment. David Meza Montesinos of Abriendo Brecha TV and radio El Patio was gunned down on 11 March after denouncing organised crime activities in the northern Atlantic coast region. December 28, 2020 Find out more Organisation RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Reports News News RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America HondurasAmericas last_img read more