Concern about accusations and threats against journalists

first_img Organisation Follow the news on Sri Lanka Help by sharing this information Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists January 13, 2021 Find out more Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial News Reporters Without Borders voiced “great concern” today about public accusations in the media and on websites against journalists who met with a leader of the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) in the northern town of Kilinochchi on 16 May 2006, and the death threats they have received on several occasions.“We call on the Sri Lankan government to ensure the safety of these journalists and we urge the media and websites that have been trying to intimidate them to desist,” the press freedom organisation said.Sunanda Deshapriya and Sitha Ranjanee of the Free Media Movement, Poddala Jayanthe of the Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association, Dharmasiri Lankapeli of the Federation of Media Employees Trade Unions and journalist Prasanna Fonseka went to Kilinochchi on 16 May with representatives of other journalists’ groups to meet with S.P. Thamilselvan, one of the leaders of the Tamil Tigers, telling him of their concern about the calls for Tamil journalists to resign from jobs in the governmental media.After the meeting, several pro-government media carried articles accusing the five journalists of being traitors and Tamil Tiger spies.Dharmeratnam Sivaram, the editor of the Tamilnet website and columnist for the local Daily Mirror newspaper who was killed in Colombo on 28 April 2005, had on several occasions voiced fears for his safety after police searched his home and pro-government media accused him of being a Tamil Tiger spy. News RSF_en Receive email alerts News News Sri LankaAsia – Pacific June 5, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern about accusations and threats against journalists Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge July 29, 2020 Find out more to go further Sri LankaAsia – Pacific After meeting with a leader of the Tamil Tigers on 16 May, five journalists have been the target of intimidation attempts by the pro-government media and of death threats. Reporters Without Borders calls on the Sri Lankan authorities to ensure their safety. July 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Bolt claims victory in Zurich Diamond League 100m

first_imgJamaica’s Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt recovered from a slow start to power to victory over 100m in the Diamond League meeting in Zurich.The 27-year-old clocked 9.90 seconds to beat compatriot Nickel Ashmeade (9.94) and American Justin Gatlin (9.96).Britain’s Adam Gemili finished eighth in a season’s best of 10.06, just outside his personal best of 10.05.His compatriot Shara Proctor, sixth at the recent World Championships in Moscow, won the long jump with 6.88m. Bolt believed he could run under 9.80 at the Letzigrund Stadium, but that never looked likely once he had started poorly.“I think the longer the season goes on, the worse my start gets,” Bolt told BBC Sport. “I’ll be happy to go home at the end of the season. I thought I was fit but I wasn’t in the shape I wanted to be in.”Gemili, 19, also rued his start, which cost him the chance of breaking 10 seconds for the first time.“I fell out of the blocks and lost about a tenth of a second or so,” he said. “I tried to drive out of the blocks but stumbled and had to pick myself up.“My drive phase was limited and in a field like this you can’t do it. It is a great learning experience and I’m happy with a PB [for the season].“It is great to come into a race like this and I now know that, if I can execute, I can do well and I will take that forward into the future.” Proctor, meanwhile, beat all three World Championship medallists.America’s world champion Brittney Reese was seventh with a best of 6.37 while Nigerian Blessing Okagbare (6.76) and Ivana Spanovic of Serbia (6.73) finished second and third respectively, just as they had in Moscow.Meseret Defar produced a sprint finish to hold off a strong challenge from fellow Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba and win the 5,000m.Defar, the world champion and double Olympic gold medallist, finished in 14 minutes 32.83 seconds – just over two seconds ahead of Dibaba, the triple Olympic champion, who completed the 5,000m/10,000m double in Beijing five years ago.The victory gives 29-year-old Defar a 15-11 head-to-head lead over her 27-year-old arch-rival in 5,000m contests. American world champion LaShawn Merritt, 27, ran 44.13 seconds to beat Grenada’s 2011 world gold medallist Kirani James (44.32) in the men’s 400m.Ukrainian world champion Bohdan Bondarenko cleared 2.33m to win the high jump on countback but the 23-year-old failed in his attempt to match Cuban Javier Sotomayor’s world record of 2.45m, set 20 years ago.Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who became the first woman to claim the 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles at the same World Championships in Moscow, won the 200m in 22.40 seconds.last_img read more

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