The murder and abduction of journalists and attacks on press offices in Sri Lanka is state sponsored said the Bishop of Mannar, Rayappu Joseph, on Saturday.
"Many journalists are being murdered, are disappearing, and their offices are being attacked, it is an terrible situation that continues to persist for a long time," the Bishop said.
"Government sponsored mob are carrying out such ill activities fearing that truth will come out," he added.
The Bishop was speaking at the ceremonial event of Puthiyavan’s 150th magazine publication, Saturday, reports Global Tamil News.
On Friday, Sri Lanka's media minister said Tamil journalists were a threat to national security, adding that the government was "carefully monitoring" them. See more here.
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