International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) welcomes the release of Dammika
Ganganath Dissanayake, media adviser to Sri Lanka’s principal opposition
party and a former chairman of the state-owned broadcast agency, who returned
home yesterday after being abducted by armed men on the night of March 11.
“The IFJ welcomes
the release and safe return of Dissanayake,” IFJ General Secretary Aidan White said.
his brief disappearance reminds us that the political strife in Sri Lanka plays
itself out in threatening ways for people associated with the media.”
Lankan police said Dissanayake returned home early yesterday morning after being
released in the town of Kirindiwella, west of Colombo.
reporters that he had been blindfolded and questioned at length about a book his
abductors thought he had written criticising Sri Lankan President Mahinda
he was released after he denied knowledge of the book.
Lanka’s United National Party claimed
that Dissanayake’s abduction was an effort to intimidate and deter him from his
reported plans to write a book on the current leadership in Sri Lanka.
murky episode demands a thorough explanation by the Sri Lankan authorities.
Without accountability being established for these lawless acts, the creeping
paralysis of the media in Sri
Lanka risks becoming irreversible,” White said.
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