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Candidates unconcerned about safety of Media

Editor Lasantha Wickremetunga was killed during the last regime but this government has failed to find his killers

The Free Media Movement is deeply concerned that none of the major Presidential Candidates has drawn attention to the safety of journalists in this country.

Issuing a statement to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, which falls on Nov 2, it pointed out that the campaign has not drawn attention to this vital issue.

The statement also “expressed its deep displeasure that the present government which came into power with the promise to bring justice for the crimes committed against journalists has been unable to fulfil that promise.”

“A study conducted by the Free Media Movement regarding thirty selected cases of impunity among crimes committed against journalists in Sri Lanka during the period 2000-2015 shows that this government has so far failed to ensure justice to even one of those cases,” the statement said. 

It also reminded President Maithripala Sirisena that a number of Media organisations had asked him to appoint a full-fledged Presidential Commission to investigate and address crimes against journalists for some time.

“However, the current president has failed to meet even that request,” the statement pointed out.