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RSF demands sanctions on Sri Lanka soldiers responsible for 'intolerable violence'

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called firm sanctions on four Sri Lankan soldiers responsible for assaulting a Tamil journalist who was taking a photo of a Mullivaikkal road sign.

The four soldiers beat the journalist with palmyra sticks wrapped in barbed wires and damaged his motorcycle. Responding to press coverage of the assault, Sri Lanka's military has released a statement claiming that the incident was fabricated by "various social media platforms, largely with vested interests".

The military alleged that the journalist's injuries were exaggerated and that he was not beaten but rather fell on a fence with barbed wires.

On Twitter, RSF maintained the need for sanctions and respect for all journalists in Sri Lanka stating:

The call to respect press freedom has also been shared by Mullaitivu Press Club which has condemned the ongoing harassment of journalists in Sri Lanka.

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