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Sri Lankan police persecute journalists that covered the P2P protests

Image Credit: @JDSLanka on Twitter

Pottuvil Magistrate Court accepted two cases, against 32 individuals, including journalists, activists, politicians, and members of the Families of the Disappeared, who attended the Pottuvil to Polikandy (P2P) protests, following a request from the Sri Lankan security forces.

Sri Lankan police in Pottuvil and Thirukkovil also filed cases on Friday, against S. Nilanthan, Secretary of the Batticaloa Tamil Journalists Association and the owner of BattiNews website, R. Sayanolipawan.

Image Credit: @JDSLanka on Twitter

The judge adjourned the case until March 2, 2022 and posted bail at Rs. 5 lakhs.

Journalists commented that the persecution facing journalists who are simply doing their job, shows that press freedom does not exist in Sri Lanka.

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