Seven media workers killed in Sri Lanka in 2006, but no arrests: RSF

Feb 02, 2007 (LBO) – Seven media workers were killed in Sri Lanka in the past year, with Tamil journalists bearing the brunt of the oppression, an international media rights group has said. “No suspects have so far been arrested,” the Paris based Reporters without Borders, (RSF) said in a report.

“There is total impunity for these killers in Sri Lanka.”

The rights watchdog says both the Tamil Tigers and rival pro-government para-military groups were involved in attacks against Tamil mediamen.

In December, Reuters photographer Auruddha Lokuhapuarachchi sought refuge in India after being threatened, a few days after Sinhala journalist Rohitha Bashana Abeywardena, fled to Europe, RSF said.

In November, the editor of Shakthi television received death threats after covering tne assassination of a Tamil parliamentarian, and in August the news editor of privately-owned radio Sooriyan, Nadarajah Guruparan, was kidnapped and held for a day.

Three journalists and four media assistants were killed in 2006.

In August, Sinnathamby Sivamaharajah, politician and editor of a Tamil nationalist newspaper was shot dead at his home in Jaffna.

In July, the independent Si