Dec 03, 2008 (LBO) – An imprisoned Sri Lankan journalist, who faces a lengthy jail term for expressing his views, if convicted, has been nominated for a media freedom award by media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
RSF said in a statement that J S Tissainayagam is one of six journalists from different countries to be nominated for the award for “journalists who through their work, their principled stand or their attitude have displayed support for freedom of information.”
Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi will present the prize to the winners on Thursday, December 04 in Paris.
Tissainayagam has been detained since March 2008 and is the first journalist to be charged for his writing under Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism Act, a law described as draconian by human rights groups.
The charges against him include promoting violence and bringing the government into disrepute in his writing between June 2006 and June 2007 in the North Eastern Monthly magazine.
Lawyers said that Tissainayagam is liable to be imprisoned for at least five years if convicted under the Prevention of