Free Newsletters - Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear
..
. Earth Science News .




DEMOCRACY
Sri Lanka army denies involvement in attack on editor
by Staff Writers
Colombo (AFP) Aug 25, 2013


Sri Lanka's army Sunday denied involvement in an armed robbery at the home of a journalist who has been critical of the government.

But it said two military deserters were among those involved in the crime.

Five men held the editor at knifepoint and searched her Colombo home in a pre-dawn raid Saturday after saying they wanted to steal jewellery and cash, but police burst in and shot dead one of the intruders.

The island's main press freedom organisation, the Free Media Movement, said it suspected the robbery was linked to the work of Sunday Leader associate editor Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema.

However, the army and the police insisted it was an attempted robbery.

"It is deplorable that some parties (are) trying to implicate the army in this criminal act carried out by a gang of robbers among whom two soldiers -- one deserter and another awaiting discharge from service -- were present," the army said in a statement.

It came as the UN human rights chief Navi Pillay began a week-long fact-finding mission to Sri Lanka.

Police have yet to disclose details of those arrested in connection with the incident.

The attack was the latest of several violent incidents involving the staff of the privately-run Sunday Leader.

Abeywickrema has been critical of the government in her political commentary and recently set up a trade union for journalists.

In 2009 the Sunday Leader's editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, a staunch critic of the government, was shot dead near his office just outside the capital.

Six months ago gunmen shot and wounded another of the paper's journalists at his home near Colombo.

The investigative newspaper was considered anti-government until last year, when it was bought by a businessman who is widely seen to favour President Mahinda Rajapakse's administration.

In September the newspaper's new owner dismissed the editor, Frederica Jansz, who said she was fired after resisting demands to water down criticism of the president.

She has since fled to Canada, saying she received death threats.

Media rights groups have said Sri Lanka remains a dangerous place for journalists despite the end of a decades-long war between the military and Tamil separatist rebels in 2009.

Sri Lanka lifted a state of emergency in 2011, but media activists say journalists have been forced to self-censor their work due to fear of attacks.

.


Related Links
Democracy in the 21st century at TerraDaily.com






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





DEMOCRACY
Egypt's Mubarak ordered under house arrest if freed from jail: state TV
Cairo, Qahirah (AFP) Aug 21, 2013
Egypt's military on Wednesday ordered Hosni Mubarak to be placed under house arrest, as the former president appeared set for conditional release from prison in mid-trial on murder and corruption charges, the government said. "In the framework of the emergency law, the deputy military ruler ordered Mubarak to be placed under house arrest," a cabinet statement said. Egypt's deputy militar ... read more


DEMOCRACY
U.N. condemns Australia's treatment of refugees

Raytheon provides public safety a bridge from land mobile radios to smartphones and tablets

Mutualink Unveils Google Glass for Public Safety

Russia convicts officials of 2012 floods negligence

DEMOCRACY
Lab-made complexes are "sun sponges"

Physicists pinpoint key property of material that both conducts and insulates

Using x-ray vision to detect unseen gold

U.S. firm releases $1,400 scanner to create 3-D printing files

DEMOCRACY
How otters save the sea grasses

Dead Sea, Red Sea plan raises environmental hackles

Japan seeds clouds to boost Tokyo rain

In US, 'rivers on Rolaids' are legacy of acid rain

DEMOCRACY
Warming Antarctic seas likely to impact on krill habitats

Change of Venue for NASA's IceBridge Antarctic Operations

UM Researcher Finds Loss of Sea Ice Causes Ecological Changes

UM Scientists Use New Approach to Reveal Function of Greenland's Ice Sheet

DEMOCRACY
One million cockroaches flee China farm: report

Study: Early European hunter-gatherers got pigs from farming neighbors

China graft crackdown hits Hong Kong's 'Dried Seafood Street'

How does your garden grow?

DEMOCRACY
Pakistan floods affect 1.5 million: officials

Four peacekeepers missing in Sudan's Darfur flood: UNAMID

Record floods threaten major city in Russian Far East

More than 300,000 affected by Sudan floods: WHO

DEMOCRACY
Kenyan soldiers kill al-Shabaab guerillas

Kenya looks east, signs $5-bn China deals

South Sudan arrests general for rights violations

Mali court confirms Keita's landslide election win

DEMOCRACY
Researchers reveal hunter-gatherers' taste for spice

Building better brain implants: The challenge of longevity

Researchers say human foot not unique, more like those of great apes

Archaeologists find evidence of separate Neanderthal cultures in Europe




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement