A proper investigation is needed attack on journalists Thavaseelan and Kumanan

October 13, 2020

Press release

A proper investigation is needed attack on journalists Thavaseelan and Kumanan

People of the Kumusumunai and Murippu areas in the Mullaitivu District have informed the relevant authorities about a long period, teak and valuable timber smuggling, there has been no positive response. People have demanded the intervention of journalists Shanmugam Thavaseelan and Kanapathipillai Kumanan in this regard.

They have talk for information with the above persons about this issue. This is because the news carry out by all the relevant sauces is important in public service reporting. Instead of giving their views to the media, these thugs have been brutally attack the journalists with iron rods and chains. Journalists were released after deleting pictures and videos recorded on camera. The incident reported that the thugs had also stolen the money and wearing gold chain of the two journalists. Now they have been admitted to the Mullaitivu Hospital with serious injuries.

Similar incidents are being reported from the Kumulamunai and Murippu areas in the Mullaitivu District and the growing number of racketeering environmental destroyers is being reported Island wide. This incident is just another example of the government not paying attention to prevent this scandal which is taking place under the cover of political and powerful persons. Although these journalists have lodged a complaint with the relevant police station regarding the incident, it is not reported that a formal investigation is being carried out.

FMETU call for a speedy investigation into this brutal assault on journalists Shanmugam Thavaseelan and Kanapathipillai Kumanan, arrest and prosecute the perpetrators, and ask to the government to provide proper security to such journalists who report on public service.

The Federation of Media Employees’ Trade Unions is a member of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), which represents 164 member media organizations in around the world.