Tuesday 30 April 2013

Sri Lankan crackdown on media

Sri Lankan govt steps up crackdown against journalists, activists - report

The Sri Lankan government is strengthening a crackdown against its critics by sanctioning abuses often committed by security forces or their proxies, Amnesty International said Tuesday. 
Journalists, human rights activists, and opposition politicians have been targeted in a pattern of threats, harassment, imprisonment, and violent attacks, the report said. 
"There is a real climate of fear in Sri Lanka, with those brave enough to speak out against the government often having to suffer badly for it," Asia-Pacific director of Amnesty International, Polly Truscott, said in the report. 
The Sri Lankan government did not comment on the report, but has previously denied similar accusations.

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