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“Do Not Jeopardize The Lives Of Web Journalists Under The Pretext Of National Security”- National Movement of web Journalists

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(Text of Press Release Issued by National Movement of web Journalists )

The national movement for web journalists strongly urges the president, prime minister and the responsible stakeholders in the government to immediately cease the effort taken to put the lives of web journalists into risk in disguise of national security.

According to reports the Criminal Investigation Department has started an investigation about news published in the Dinamina and Lakbima newspapers dated May 25th of this year regarding the steps taken by the security forces for the commemoration of the national heroic day in north and east during the month of May. By doing this the CID has put the lives of two journalists at stake by taking personal information’s of these two journalists who edited the news.

The CID has forwarded a letter requesting names and addresses of the journalists, seeking investigation regarding a news published last May 25th in the Lakbima newspaper editors Lasantha Weerakulassoriya and Gayathri Gingangarachchi under the caption “security on alert,splitting the country, president and the prime minister instructs”

The CID has further requested the names of the persons who allowed to publish the news and demanded a certified copy of the news. Although the names of the journalists have been published with the news, it’s
skeptical why the CID is requesting the names and personal information of those journalists once again.

However its agnostic under what legal provision the CID conducts investigation about this news which does not disclose any confidentiality of the government. CID reported they started the investigation since this was discussed during the Security Council meeting. However it is surprising that nothing as such was stated in the letters sent to the two newspapers by the CID.

Despite the damage caused by the news captioned “security on alert,splitting the country, president and the prime minister instructs” it is clear that few groups inside the government is trying to please another group by taking such actions against these journalists.

However our view is that different groups within the government aretrying to expose the details of these journalists in order to refocus this group. It further confirms that who gave such orders to the Criminal Investigation Department to start an investigation.

It has become quite evident the government is suppressing the media similar to the removal of the TNL channel in Polgahawela. This is yet another expansion of the present good governance, trying to block web sites and social media in order to cover its inefficiency, racial discrimination, corruption and abuse of power.

Web journalists considers that the stakeholders should pay immediate attention why the good governance which came to power stating that it would protect the journalists is questioning the same journalists for non criminal activities.

Dumindu Dissanayake
Convenor
National movement of web journalists.

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