Tamil reporter harassed by Sri Lanka’s anti-terrorism police

first_img News News Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassment Impunity Receive email alerts RSF_en According to RSF’s press freedom barometer, at least 15 journalists were murdered in Sri Lanka during the 2000s, a terrible decade in which fighting intensified between government forces and Tamil rebels and the rebellion was finally crushed in 2009. Most of those murders are still unpunished. RSF will tomorrow publish the findings of its Media Ownership Monitor survey of Sri Lanka, which is ranked 131st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. July 29, 2020 Find out more Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge He was not allowed to bring his lawyer to the first interrogation, which seemed more like a long series of threats. His interrogators said, for example: “If this had happened two years ago, we wouldn’t have questioned you like this, we would have hung you upside down and then made you disappear.” October 24, 2018 – Updated on October 29, 2018 Tamil reporter harassed by Sri Lanka’s anti-terrorism police News “We call on the Sri Lankan authorities to put an immediate stop to this harassment of a journalist who is universally respected for the quality of is reporting and his coverage of human rights violations,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. News Although Shalin had no role in the organization of the festival or the temple’s decoration, this apparently insignificant detail has been the grounds for the harassment to which he has been subjected ever since. Follow the news on Sri Lankacenter_img Based in the northern city of Jaffna, where he reports for the English-language Tamil Guardian and the Tamil-language newspaper Valampuri, Uthayarasa Shalin has been the target of harassment and intimidation for the past two months, ever since he was summoned for questioning at TID headquarters in Colombo on 22 August. The TID interrogated him about his coverage of a completely innocuous annual festival in a Hindu temple in June for Valampuri and, in particular, about a photo taken inside the temple in which a map of the traditional Tamil homeland in the north and east of the country could be seen in the background. “These acts of intimidation, which are clearly designed to silence Uthayarasa Shalin, recall the worst period of persecution of Sri Lanka’s Tamil journalists. The government in Colombo must demonstrate a determination not to return to that disastrous past.” Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists to go further Constant harassment The harassment of Uthayarasa Shalin (left) recalls the worst period of persecution of journalists from Sri Lanka’s Tamil community (photos: Archives – Tamil Guardian). Ever since then, Shalin has been the target of constant harassment by the police in Jaffna that has included arrests and insults. The acts of intimidation have increased this month, with five of his friends and relatives being summoned for interrogation by the TID, including his brother Jelsin on 17 October. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Sri Lankan authorities to end the harassment to which the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) is subjecting an independent Tamil journalist, Uthayarasa Shalin, on entirely spurious grounds. January 13, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassment Organisation July 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more