Police are having fears that publicizing the pictures and details of LTTE members killed 15 years ago will help a revival of the outfit.

The CTID’s office in Nuwara Eliya on April 06 quizzed freelance journalist Ramachandran Sarath with regard to an article he wrote for a blog ‘Pachchai Thangam’ in May 2018.

He was questioned for nearly two hours about the use of pictures and details of upcountry Tamils who had joined the LTTE and died in the war.

Frontline Defenders has expressed concern about his harassment and believes the treatment is linked to his human rights and journalism work.




It also raised serious concerns regarding his safety and security, as the Sri Lankan anti-terror laws and its associated mechanisms have historically been employed against Tamils and Muslims.

There are frequent reports of harassment directed towards human rights defenders, peaceful protestors and journalists, indicative of reprisals for their efforts to promote human rights and expose abuses, it said.

Sanath has told his interrogators that he had quoted another website for his reporting, and noted that other media too, use such picturesin their reports.

The CTID also inquired from him about funding for the blog.

Sanath said this kind of intimidation by the police is a violation of the freedom of expression.




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