US voices concerns over media harassment

US voices concerns over media harassment

June 30, 2012   07:16 pm

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The US in a statement claimed to be closely following the case of the Sri Lanka Mirror and Lankaxnews following a raid conducted by the CID yesterday (June 29) in which nine persons were arrested.

In a statement issued by the US Embassy in Sri Lanka, it was stated that the embassy had raised concerns regarding media suppression in the past and will continue to follow this case closely.

Full Statement:
The United States Embassy is closely following the case of the Sri Lanka Mirror and Lankaxnews, including the arrest of nine individuals associated with those websites.

We have raised on several occasions our deep concern over efforts to suppress independent news media, including the blocking of news websites, intimidation, and disappearances of journalists.

The United States believes that an uncensored and independent media available to all citizens is an indispensable part of any vibrant democracy and we call for an end to the harassment of these and all other journalists. 
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