MEAA joins global condemnation of treatment of journalists in Sri Lanka
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA), the professional association and industry advocate for Australia’s journalists, join with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in raising concerns over death threats issued to prominent Sri Lankan journalist and free speech campaigner Sunil Jayasekara. MEAA is also concerned about the role of government agencies in sabotaging a media workshop in Colombo during the weekend.
MEAA federal secretary Chris Warren said: “MEAA calls on the Sri Lankan government to probe these serious threats against Mr Jayasekera as an utmost priority or risk further regional and international condemnation on its human rights record.”
Jayasekara, convener of Sri Lanka’s Free Media Movement (FMM), has received death threats from anonymous numbers since the FMM hosted a media conference to condemn the role of government agencies in the cancellation of a workshop on digital media security for journalists of Jaffna last week.