3 soldiers arrested over assaulting Mullaitivu journalist, bailed – JDS 

Three Army soldiers arrested over the attack on a journalist in Mullivaikal

yesterday (27), have been released on bail, Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS) reports.

Independent  journalist – Viswalingam Viswachandran had faced this incident near the Mullivaikal name board and according to reports, he had been attacked with a barbed wire wrapped palmyrah frond.

JDS Lanka has tweeted that the three soldiers from the 59th Division – Eeriyakandure Gedara Vipula (36), Dinuka Sandaruwan Wijeratna (20) & Thiwanka Sangeeth Dhananjaya (21), will face an ‘inquiry’ by military police.

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JDS has further tweeted that journalists in Mullaitivu and Batticaloa have protested against the incident.

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Meanwhile, the Mullaitivu Press Club has ‘strongly condemned’ the attack.

The statement says that the journalist was attacked ‘while filming a suggestive shot of the Mullivaikkal name board.’

The statement adds that Viswachandran is being treated at the Mullaitivu district hospital with serious injuries to his stomach, arms and legs. It further notes that the security forces have forcefully seized his video camera and mobile phone and damaged his two-wheeler.

“Journalists in Sri Lanka, in particular war affected areas of North and East are subjected to serious challenges amid severe threats to their lives and profession. This attack is yet another on media freedom and a serious human rights violation,” the statement adds.

The statement further points out the attack comes in the wake of United Nations Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery and Professor of International Law & Human Rights – Tomoya Obokata’s visit to Colombo.

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