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The Australian : Sri Lankan army ranks media freedom low priority
THE sign on the army spokesman’s wall rang the first alarm bells.
Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara had pinned his statement of faith to a map used to brief journalists visiting Sri Lanka: “It’s the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press,” it began. It went on to say the soldier, not politicians, “ensures our right to Life, Freedom and the Pursuit of Happiness”.
Today Online : Sri Lankan army shelling civilians: rights group
Indiscriminate army shelling is killing dozens of civilians every day in a no-fire zone in northern Sri Lanka where Tamil Tiger rebels are staging a last stand, a rights group said Tuesday.
Rising violence in South Asia is putting journalists at “severe risk”, a US-based media human rights group says.
The Committee to Protect Journalists lists nations where reporters are regularly attacked or killed.
A key US Senator warned Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday that his government’s failure to protect civilians in government safe zones was hurting the country’s global standing.
The first shipment of medical supplies in two weeks has been sent to the last remaining major health facility in Sri Lanka’s war zone and 500 civilians have been evacuated from danger, the Red Cross said Monday.
The Australian Government remains gravely concerned by the worsening humanitarian situation in northern Sri Lanka where thousands of civilians remain trapped amidst fighting between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE.
March 15, 2009 § 6 Comments
SBS Dateline: Hunting the Tigers
This week Amos Roberts reports from Sri Lanka, where the feared Tamil Tigers are surrounded in small pocket of the country and the government is moving in for the kill. The 25 year old war against the Tigers has seen thousands killed and now an estimated 150,000 civilians are trapped in the middle of this brutal conflict. As Roberts reports, no independent journalists are allowed near the war zone and those who dare criticise the government or the military are either detained or murdered by shadowy forces.
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March 11, 2009 Comments Off on SBS interviews SL Foreign Secretary
SBS Radio News Features: Lankan government says no ceasefire for Tamil Tigers
Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona says Sri Lanka is not under any international pressure to agree to a ceasefire, despite concerns about the fate of tens-of-thousands of civilians trapped with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
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March 7, 2009 Comments Off on Over 1000 Tamils Rally in Melbourne
SBS TV News covers SL Conflict & Melbourne Rally
7 March 2009 – Over 1000 Tamils rally in Melbourne, Australia
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March 5, 2009 Comments Off on LTTE has told SBS it will not surrender and calls for urgent international action
Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka have rejected a call by the International Committee of the Red Cross for a mass evacuation of tens-of-thousands of civilians trapped with them amid fierce fighting against government forces.
In an exclusive interview with SBS Radio, a spokesman for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, identifying himself as Thileepan, said the civilians did not want to leave the LTTE-controlled area.
Mr Thileepan said this was despite a looming humanitarian disaster, caused by severe government restrictions on food and medical supplies going into the area.
The spokesman said the LTTE was willing to enter a ceasefire with the Sri Lankan government, but the rebels would not agree to surrender.
And he said the LTTE rejected speculation that it could be linked to the attack in Pakistan on the Sri Lankan cricket team.