Sri Lanka foreign correspondents concerned over intimidation of journalists

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Foreign Correspondent’s Association has expressed concern over the intimidation of journalists who contributed a New York Times report.

"We are disturbed that several members of parliament have publicly vilified the authors of the report without utilising established channels to redress any grievances arising from the impugned report," the FCA said in a statement.

"The FCA, a professional body representing Colombo-based foreign media, appeals to all parties to take up any issue resulting from the publication of the report with the editors concerned as is the norm.

"We also urge the government of Sri Lanka to ensure the safety and security of all journalists in Sri Lanka, including colleagues visiting the island on reporting assignments."

The New York Times report ‘How China Got Sri Lanka to Cough Up a Port’ alleges that a Chinese company financed a political campaign of ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Rajapaksa had denied the report.

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