The International Federation of Journalists demands action against Sri Lanka Navy chief
Posted on December 14th, 2016

Source: PTI

December 14, 2016  11:46 am

The International Federation of Journalists today demanded immediate action” against Sri Lankan Navy chief who allegedly assaulted a journalist who was covering a strike by port workers in the country’s southern Hambantota port.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is seriously concerned by the assault of a journalist by the head of a security force and demands immediate action against him from the Sri Lankan government. Such an incident, if allowed to pass, not only undermines press freedom and the rights of the media but also has a chilling effect on free press,” the global body said in statement.

The IFJ demands immediate action against the commander. Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne assaulted a journalist while he was reporting navy action to open the port blocked by protesting port workers. Video footage recorded by other journalists showed the navy commander darting towards Gunasekera, assaulting him and using foul language,” the statement said.

The incident happened on December 10 at the southern port of Hambantota during a strike by port workers demanding job security.

The Navy had said they freed a vessel held by the striking workers preventing it leaving from the port.

Source: PTI


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4 Responses to “The International Federation of Journalists demands action against Sri Lanka Navy chief”

  1. Christie Says:

    Another socialist mob.

  2. Sarath W Says:

    The the strike by the port workers is right or wrong is not the issue here. Is it the practice of any government in the world to send the chief of an armed force to man handle striking workers? If it was a protest by some Tamils, will this ugly fat THUG has the guts go and do the same? And if it was a Tamil who got assaulted by this stupid Navy Commander, what would have been the reaction by the international community, the NGO’s Tamil diaspora and the government?

    We have two idiotic thugs as the chief of police and the commander of the Navy now. It is obvious our “Lame Duck Traitor president” have no faith in the patriotic officers of the armed force and the police to protect him. That is why he promoted and depends on those stupid thugs in these forces. How can he control these thugs when this traitor can not control his own stupid son.

  3. Fran Diaz Says:

    Was the Navy Chief following orders from his bosses ??

  4. Christie Says:

    I made a comment on International Federation of Journalists web site and was not published, these are the people who talk about freedom of all things.

    Regarding this incident we are blaming the outcome or the result. Not many are critical of the JVP and their actions.

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