Red Flag

Feb 05, 2008 (LBO) – Journalists unions and associations from across the Asia-Pacific region have asked Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse to protect the safety of journalists on the island and uphold media freedom. Asia-Pacific affiliates and partners of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) said in a statement after meeting in Kuala Lumpur that they condemn the Sri Lankan government’s disregard for media freedom.

” . . . we are alarmed by the Sri Lankan authorities’ overt ridicule for the principles of free expression and the rights of journalists as Sri Lanka descends toward all-out war,” a grouping of media rights bodies from across the region said.

The full text of the statement follows:

We, the representatives of journalists’ unions and associations across
the Asia-Pacific region, meeting in Kuala Lumpur, appeal to President
Mahinda Rajapakse and the Government of Sri Lanka to protect the
safety of journalists in Sri Lanka and uphold the rights of the media
to report freely.

As Asia-Pacific affiliates and partners of the International
Federation of Journalists (IFJ), jointly fighting for freedom of
expression and the safety of journalists in all countries and