Jaffna News reporter working for the clandestine IBC-TAMIL, was severaly
assaulted by soldiers of the Sri Lanka army and members of EPDP
On 10 th december Mr. Tamilselvan, jaffna news reporter working for the
clandestine IBC-TAMIL, was severaly assaulted by soldiers of the Sri Lanka
army and members of EPDP. At the time he was attacked, the journalist was
covering a mass demonstration in Nelliyadi town against EPDP and its unlawful
activities.EPDP is a pro-governement tamil outfit, funded and armed by
srilankan military,now fights alongside government troops against the LTTE.
During the incident, more than 50 civilians were also assaulted by the
soldiers. Several human rights organisations and tamil political parties
condemned this brutal act of army .
In the worst press freedom violation of the year 2000, on 19 October,
Mariyadasan Nimalaranjan who worked for several local newspapers in srilanka,
radio and TV stations like IBC-TAMIL , and was also a regular contributor to
the BBC's Sinhala and Tamil services, died after being shot by members EPDP ,
in his home, which was very near to a srilankathe Sri Lankan authorities
prevented Colombo-based journalists from attending the funeral of
Nimalaranjan. On the basis of reports within Sri Lanka, the defence ministry
had given clearance for four journalists to travel to the town of Jaffna from
the capital but later withdrew permission. The reports were later confirmed
by the defence ministry who failed to provide a reason for the volte-face..