Journalist Released from Detention in Sri Lanka



The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is relieved to report the release from

detention of A.R. Vanna Loshan by Sri Lanka’s Terrorism Investigation

Division (TID) on November 22.


According to the Free Media

Movement (FMM), an IFJ affiliate, the

TID handed Loshan over to his parents after eight days in detention without

charge under the Prevention

of Terrorism Act (PTA). The TID reportedly

gave no reason for Loshan’s detention or release.


Loshan, the general

manager Vettri FM radio station, has worked as a radio journalist for

almost 10 years and took up his post at the Tamil-language station in early



“The release of A.R.

Vanna Loshan provides a glimmer of hope for Sri Lanka’s independent media that the

draconian PTA and Emergency Regulations will not be used systemically in an

effort to silence critics,” IFJ Asia-Pacific



“The IFJ stands by its principles that freedom of expression

is a universally recognised human right, and anti-terror laws must not be wielded

as a weapon to quash that right.”


release is welcome news to Sri Lanka’s

media and press freedom community, who continue to fight for the unconditional

release of senior Tamil journalist J.S. Tissainyagam and printing press owners N. Jesiharan and his partner Valamarthi.


On March 7

and 8, TID officials arrested Tissainayagam,

Jesiharan and Valarmathi under the PTA. The three were held without charge for

more than five months until formal indictments under the PTA were issued in




proceedings against the three are currently under way.



The IFJ joins the FMM and local organisations in acknowledging international

advocacy for the release of Loshan and in urging continued concerted action to demand

that the rights of Tissainayagam and his

colleagues be upheld, including their right to justice and protection while in



For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919


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