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Underreported: Sri Lankan Journalist In Danger

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Veteran Sri Lankan journalist Iqbal Athas has faced a great deal of danger over the course of his career. More recently, grave threats have been made against him following his investigations into irregularities surrounding a 2006 government deal to purchase fighter jets from Ukraine. Mr. Athas joins us by phone from Sri Lanka to tell us more about his investigative report, why it's putting him in danger, and how much press freedom there is in Sri Lanka right now.

You can read the Committee to Protect Journalists' letter to the president of Sri Lanka regarding threats to Iqbal Athas by going to CPJ's website here

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Comments [2]

Ruvan

He is just a stupid.............
He wrote:
13.jan.2008
http://www.sundaytimes.lk/080113/Columns/sitreport.html

Constraints prevent me from giving details except to add that a senior Army official told a top-level conference he was confident the Madhu church area would be under their control within the next two weeks. He said the troops were within six to seven kilometres from the Church area.

and He write today
20.jan.2008
http://www.sundaytimes.lk/080120/Columns/sitreport.html

They have moved seizing territory bit by bit to avoid larger casualties. Now, Army sources say they are nearer their goal and hope to secure the Madhu Church area within the next two weeks. They were only some six kilometres away

>>>> How many tow weeks your EXPERT????

and this is the proof that he can not srilankan MAP hahaha

>>> He write

However, the guerrillas appear to have sensed that the troops would go even beyond the church area to seize control of the Sea Tiger base at Vidutaltivu.

In the past many months, this base had assumed greater significance, particularly since troops re-captured Silavathurai. This fishing village is >>>located south of Mannar>>> and was used as a landing area for supplies smuggled in across the Gulf of Mannar from Tamil Nadu.

South of mannar????????????? You Idiot see the map

Jan. 20 2008 01:22 AM
Rangajeeva Rajakaruna from USA

The story is Athas and his translator have been threatened. I contacted the translator Gunaratna and he tells that this threatening part is a complete fabrication. What Athas has written is unsubstantiated allegations motivated by politics.
You may contact Gunaratne of the Lankadeepa editorial staff

Aug. 30 2007 01:19 AM

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