Tuesday, 15th June 2021

Attempt to arrest journalist Kusal Perera slammed by media watchdog

Colombo, June 17 (BAN/ AD): A media watchdog The Sri Lanka Free Media Movement (SLFMM) has criticized the attempt by the police to arrest a veteran journalist for his remarks on the anti-Muslim riots after Easter Sunday attacks which claimed around 260 lives. The Sri Lanka Free Media Movement (SLFMM) has said police were trying to prosecute Kusal Perera, a senior journalist has written in Daily Mirror newspaper. His article criticized government of misusing the UN-backed International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) law to subdue media, journalists and free expression.

SLFMM said in a statement “Kusal Perera has been engaged in journalism for a long time in both the Sinhala and English media and has been recognised as a socially responsible professional journalist both locally and internationally.” It further added “The Free Media Movement urges all relevant stakeholders to intervene in averting this situation and for everyone who respects human rights to come forward to defeat such actions against the freedom of expression and media freedoms.”

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