release: Sri Lanka
Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins partners and affiliates in Sri Lanka in
condemning the murderous attack on Faraz Shaukataly, a reporter with the Sunday Leader newspaper on the night of
reports from Sri Lanka’s Free Media Movement (FMM) Shaukataly was at his home
and had just finished a telephone conversation when he was shot at by three
armed intruders. He was injured in his neck and has since been under intensive
care in a Colombo hospital.
Sources in Sri
Lanka indicate that Shaukataly had been engaged in a number of investigative
stories involving revelations of possible wrongdoing by senior public figures
in Sri Lanka. There are also suspicions that he may have been marked out for
vendetta after a story was published under his byline on the country’s casino
The IFJ would like
to underline the point the FMM makes, that this murderous attack on a
journalist is a direct consequence of “a history of uninvestigated incidents
where no one has been brought to justice for committing violence against the
“The inability of
the law enforcement agencies in Sri Lanka to charge and penalise individuals
who have engaged in unlawful behaviour is a reflection of how far we have
strayed from the path of democracy and human rights”, says the FMM.
The IFJ demands that
the authorities in Sri Lanka fulfil their promises of taking attacks on media seriously, and launch a
credible investigation into this assault immediately.
“We call for a
break with the culture of impunity that has been encouraged through years of
civil war and bitter political partisanship in Sri Lanka”, said the IFJ
progress in checking impunity and enforcing accountability for the atrocities
of the past, progress towards national reconciliation will be impossible”.
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