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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

Sri Lankan authorities mount increasing attacks on media fre

[b]Sri Lankan authorities mount increasing attacks on media freedom[/b]

Police and military harassment, intimidation and physical attacks directed against Sri Lankan media personnel, mainly targeting Tamil journalists, have been mounting since Mahinda Rajapakse assumed the presidency last November.

These incidents have emerged amid a sharp rise in violence involving the military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the growing danger of a return to open civil war. Under Rajapakse’s unstable minority government, the Sri Lankan armed forces have taken increasingly provocative and repressive actions against the island's Tamil minority, including large-scale round-ups of innocent civilians.

The attacks on the media are a crude attempt to intimidate any opposition to the government and the military. Over the past two months, these have included:

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