The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the South Asia Media Solidarity Network (SAMSN) join the Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association (SLWJA) in strongly condemning the death threats issued to Sunil Jayasekara, the convener of Free Media Movement (FMM) over recent days. The IFJ has also questioned the role of government agencies in sabotaging a media workshop in Colombo during the weekend and called on the Sri Lankan government to probe these serious threats against Mr Jayasekera as an utmost priority or risk further regional and international condemnation on its human rights record.
With the help of IFEX, of which FMM is also a member of, there is an ongoing twitter campaign in supporting Jayasekara.
The IFJ, SAMSN and IFEX stand in solidarity with IFJ affiliates SLWJA and FMM, and all journalists of Sri Lanka and calls on the region’s journalists to send messages of support.
Take action and use the hashtag #CondemnThreatSL for all tweets relating to this cause.
The hashtag was first used on July 29 and you can track the progress of this campaign here.