Sri Lanka journalists mourn colleague; condemn killing

Oct 06, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s media organizations condemned a blast by a suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber, which killed a TV journalist and more than 20 others including a former army general-turned politician. Rashmi Mohamed, a provincial correspondent with Sri Lanka’s Sirasa TV, died Monday while covering the opening of an opposition United National Party (UNP) party office in the north central Sri Lankan town of Anuradhapura.

The blast killed retired Major General Janaka Perera, who was recently elected to the provincial administration in the area as opposition leader representing the UNP, his wife and several other party officials.

Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association (SLWJA), Federation of Media Employees Trade Union (FMETU), Sri Lanka Muslim Media Forum (SLMMF), Sri Lanka Tamil Journalists Alliance (SLTJA) and the Free Media Movement (FMM) rights body, condemned the killing and expressed sorrow.

“Our organisations have time and again expressed our complete rejection of the use of violence as way of resolving social and political issues,” the groups said in a joint statement.

“We condemn this heinous attack on unarmed civilians as a crime against humanity.”

The statement urge