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Free Media Movement to boycott Presidential Media Awards

The Free Media Movement (FMM) has announced a boycott of this year’s Presidential Media Awards citing a lack of progress in investigating crimes against journalists.

The Government’s and President Maithripala Sirisena’s response to repeated requests to, among other things, investigate atrocities committed against journalists has been unsatisfactory, the FMM said in a letter written to the Media Ministry yesterday.

The executive committee of the Movement is, therefore, compelled to reject the invitation to the awards ceremony to be held today (10 April), FMM Convenor C. Dodawatte said in the letter addressed to Media Ministry Secretary Sunil Perera.

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