Rights body raises cry over deteriorating media freedom in Sri Lanka

Aug 30 (LBO) – The media rights organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has voiced deep concern about the rapidly deteriorating media freedom in Sri Lanka. The statement came after the abduction of the news director of a Tamil language radio station in Colombo.

Nadarajah Guruparan, the news director Sooriyan FM, a part of the ABC radio network
was abducted outside his home in the south Colombo suburb of Mount Lavinia as he left for work, but was later released.

“The press freedom situation is alarming in Sri Lanka,” RSF said. “Cases of threats, attacks and murders have increased over the past few months without anything being done to stop them. Both the government authorities and the Tamil Tiger separatists deny the right to information of those that do not support them.

A witness said Guruparan had just left his home to go to work when four men pulled him out if his car and bundled him into another vehicle.

They also took his car, which was found a few kilometres away several hours later. The Mount Lavinia police is in charge of investigating the kidnapping.

RSF said Guruparan’s last report prior to his kidnapping, broadcast o