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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe (2nd R) arrives to visit the site of a bomb attack at St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade in Colombo on April 21, 2019. - A string of blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on April 21, killing at least 156 people, including 35 foreigners. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans fronti’e8res) on Tuesday condemned at the murder of Tamil journalist Aiyathurai Nadesan in Batticaloa (220 km east of Colombo) and voiced concern that dissension within the Tamil separatist movement could lead to an escalation of violation against the news media.
“We call on the authorities to keep us informed of progress in the investigation into this new crime against the press,” the Paris based organisation said.

A copy of the letter has been sent to Gen. Shantha Kottegoda, the new army commander in eastern Sri Lanka. rn

rnNadesan was gunned down as he was going to work at about 8:00 a.m. by two men on a motorcycle who got away. His body was taken to the local hospital where an autopsy was carried out. rn

rnNadesan worked for the daily Virakesari Tamil, the Tamil-language service of the London-based radio station IBC and several online media.

He was known for criticising the Sri Lankan army and paramilitary groups in his weekly column in Virakesari