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Sri Lankan police question Tamil newspaper and demand staff details

Sri Lankan police questioned the management of a Vavuniya-based Tamil newspaper and demanded details of all reporters be handed over, allegedly responding to an anonymous complaint about the publication of LTTE-related photographs in the paper.

The director of the Thinappuyal newspaper Sakthivelpillai Prakash said the police visited the offices on Friday and questioned him for over a hour, asking him about the publication of LTTE-related news and other topics. The non-uniformed men then requested personal details of all Thinappuyal reporters to which director Prakash refused.

“Everything written in the paper to date is accurate and authentic” the director said.

Several Tamil organisations and individuals have been questioned by Sri Lankan security and intelligence forces in recent months, with many being told they were being investigated as a result on anonymous tip-off.

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