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Death Threat to Journalists by Minister John Amaratunga?


Minister John Amaratunga

Disturbed by  question asked by some journalists regarding garbage disposal at Bopitiya in Wattala, Minister John Amaratunga  is  said  to have threatened them with death,  while leaving the party office in Kandana yesterday.

Some journalists  had videoed the entire episode,  where the minister had turned furious and ordered to  the journalists to leave the place,  when they told the minister that the people were blaming him for the garbage crisis at Bopitya.

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France expresses shock at large number of journalists killed in Syria


France expresses shock at large number of journalists killed in Syria

France expressed consternation and shock on Monday upon learning of the heavy death toll for journalists and press professionals in the past six years of conflict in Syria.

International press freedom body Reporters Without Borders (RWB) has just published figures for journalists, "citizen journalists and bloggers" who have died since March 2011 in Syria and announced a shocking figure of 211 deaths.

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Sri Lanka government seeks journalists' views to set up independent media commission


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Following the enactment of the Right to Information Act on February 03, the Sri Lankan government will promptly establish an independent media commission, Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilaka said.

Speaking to media in Kandy after meeting with Chief Prelate of Asgiri Chapter Most Venerable Warakagoda Gnanarathana Thera, Minister Karunathilaka said there is a request from the public to setup an independent media commission.

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93 Journalists Killed In 2016; 29 More Die In Accidents


The International Federation of Journalists says that 93 journalists and media staff were killed in targeted attacks, by bombs or by crossfire in 2016 while a further 29 died in two plane crashes.

The IFJ said in its annual report released Friday that the number was down from 112 in 2015. Iraq still had the largest number of media killings with 15, ahead of Afghanistan with 13 and Mexico with 11.

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IFJ demands action against Sri Lanka Navy chief


The International Federation of Journalists today demanded “immediate action” against Sri Lankan Navy chief who allegedly assaulted a journalist who was covering a strike by port workers in the country’s southern Hambantota port.

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FMM calls for special investigation on dock workers protest


 

The Free Media Movement, condemning the alleged attack on journalists by the Navy, including the Navy Commander on the International Human Rights Day, urged the President to commence a special investigation and take legal actions.

The Navy had launched a mission to rescue two foreign ships that were held by the protesting employees of Hambantota, Magampura port and the Navy Commander has allegedly attacked the journalists who were reporting the incident, rebuking them using obscene language.

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20 Brazilian Journalists Among Colombia Crash Dead


The plane crash that wiped out Brazil's Chapecoense football team also killed 20 Brazilian journalists, ranging from veteran commentators to young local reporters.

A total of 71 people were killed late Monday when the charter plane crashed in the mountains near Medellin, Colombia.

Most of the attention has focused on the football players traveling to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana regional tournament. However, the passengers also included a large number of journalists covering the match.

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Donald Trump Family Dinner Raises Issues On Press Access


 President-elect Donald Trump emerged from his New York skyscraper Tuesday night for the first time in days, moving about the nation's largest city without a pool of journalists on hand to ensure the public has knowledge of his whereabouts.

The president-elect spent about two hours dining with family at the 21 Club, a restaurant a few blocks from his Trump Tower residence. Journalists were only aware that Trump was leaving home when they spotted a large motorcade pulling away from the building, including an ambulance with lights flashing.

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Why President has interest in military person and not in Tamil political inmates?


Eastern Provincial councilor Govinthan Karunakaram raised concern over the recent remarks of President Maithripala Sirisena.

He said the president had expressed his concerns on the detention of the military person allegedly involved in the assassination of journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga without charges but he has no concern with regard to the detention of the Tamil inmates who have been in custody for many years.

He said President’s such moves have made those who trust in him to doubt on him and the so called good governance.

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Assange vows to release ‘significant’ material on US election


“We hope to be publishing every week for the next 10 weeks," he said promising documents on war, arms, oil, Google and surveillance.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange pledged on Tuesday to publish “significant” new material on the U.S. election before the November 8, 2016 vote, speaking on the 10th anniversary of the online leaking platform.

Mr. Assange said there were “enormous expectations in the United States” about the material and that “some of that expectation will be partly answered”, with “a lot of fascinating angles” in the documents.

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