Freedom Day

Police raided a Tamil journalists home in Colombo Monday night, asrnjournalists around the world celebrated World Press Freedom Day.rnrn
The journalist, Sivaram Dharmeratnam writes the popular lquote Taraki, Tamil affairs column for The Daily Mirror, and also contributes to several Tamil publications. At the time of the raid, only his wife and children were in the house.rn

rnMr. Sivaram said more than a dozen policemen had searched the house and the grounds, and subsequently gone away empty handed.rn

rnKohuwela police said the raid was a combined operation and they had a warrant to search Mr Sivarams house on lquote suspicion.rn

rnReporters Without Borders (RSF), an organization dedicated to improving press freedom, says 13 journalists have been killed around the world since January 1 this year. Six media assistants have been killed, 431 journalists arrested, 366 journalists physically attacked or threatened, and 133 journalists were imprisoned in 22 countries.rn

rnIn 2003, 42 journalists were