Sri Lanka media rights body condemns assault on journalist

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Free Media Movements (FMM), a rights body condemned an attack on a journalist who was covering protest against sand mining interests.

The FMM said Prasad Purnamal Jayamanne who was photographic a protest by villages against sand transporters in Mukkuthoduwawa area in Madurankuliya was attacked by trucker.

The FMM said the attack was the latest in a series of incidents faced by journalists carrying out their professional duties.

“The development of such a trend is extremely detrimental to the existence of a democratic society,” the rights body said.

“The Free Media Movement strongly urges the authorities to deliver justice by bringing those who disrupt the professional activities of journalists before the law, and to strengthen the required landscape in the country to maintain a free media culture.” (Colombo/Dec21/2019)

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