Sri Lanka mediamen protest abduction of colleague

May 23, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s media rights groups protested the abduction and assault of senior journalist of a national weekly Friday calling on authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“Until such time culprits are brought to book, the FMM holds the Government responsible for abduction and assault of journalist Keith Noyahr, noting that it has done little or nothing to stop the violation of media freedom and attacks against journalists in Sri Lanka.”

Sri Lanka’s president Mahinda Rajapakse has called for a full inquiry into the incident.

Police spokesman N.K. Ilangakoon told reporters that three police teams have been deployed to carry out the investigation.

The attack on Noyahr came a day after Sri Lanka lost its seat in the UN Human Rights Council.

Media rights bodies have described Sri Lanka as one of the most dangerous places for journalists after Iraq. Keith Nohayr, deputy editor of the English weekly The Nation, was abducted Thursday night as he was getting down from his car at his home.

In the early hours of Friday he was released