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Celebration amid suppression

"RSF finds it highly disturbing that literature is being celebrated in this manner in a land where cartoonists, journalists, writers and dissident voices are so often victimised by the current government."

"We believe this is not the right time for prominent international writers like you to give legitimacy to the Sri Lankan government's suppression of free speech."

- Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF) and Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS), in a letter to attendees of the forthcoming Galle Literature Festival.

It was signed by Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, Ken Loach, Antony Loewenstein and Tariq Ali amongst others.

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