"The Free Media Movement is outraged at the recent statement by the Ministry of Defence that incites violence by claiming that the FMM and other independent media support terrorism and the LTTE," it said in a statement.
" . . . the statement is the latest from a government increasingly intolerant of investigative and independent journalism."
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), in a separate statement, said: "Enough is enough. The government must end the war on journalists."
Sri Lankan defence authorities have in recent weeks become increasingly critical of the coverage of the war against Tamil Tigers which they say is often inaccurate, unfair and undermines morale.
They have said the media reveals unnecessa