Friday April 18, 2014
Attack on Tamil Daily in Sri Lanka. UN Urged to Intervene: TGTESalem-News.com
Tamil daily newspaper journalists, printing press and offices were repeatedly attacked by armed groups to intimidate and to silence Tamil newspapers.
(LONDON) - Armed men stormed a Sri Lanka newspaper office and opened fire, they also set the printing press on fire. Tamil journalists were repeatedly attacked and killed. As a result, Tamil areas are saturated with Sri Lankan Military; the ratio is one soldier for every four civilians, the highest in the world.
Executions, rape and abductions continue.
There were series of attacks against Tamil media and the latest attack took place against the main Tamil daily Uthayan, in the northern town of Jaffna on 13th. In a pre – dawn arson attack, armed men stormed the newspaper office and opened fire and set the printing press on fire.
The TGTE’s Minister for media, Mr. Suthan Raj urged the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to urgently convene a meeting to discuss the plight of Tamil journalists in that island and to take specific steps to protect the journalists, media workers, printing facilities and offices.
“Sri Lankan Government is continuing its attack and intimidation of Tamil media, despite condemnation from world leaders and the UN. That is why a meeting to address the critical situation of Tamil journalists should be convened.” Continued Mr. Suthan Raj.
Tamil areas in that island are saturated with Sri Lankan military personal and the ratio is one soldier for every four civilians, the highest in the world. Tamils face numerous human rights abuses including abductions, executions and rape. 90,000 Tamil war widows face sexual abuses by the security forces.
Tamil daily newspaper journalists, printing press and offices were repeatedly attacked by armed groups to intimidate and to silence Tamil newspapers. Even those distribute newspapers were not spared.
The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) today urged the UN to urgently intervene to protect Tamil journalists in the island of Sri Lanka.
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