Saturday, October 17, 2009

URGENT ALERT: "Lanka" Editor arrested in Colombo

A group claiming to be from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested Chandana Sirimalwatta, the Chief Editor of the “Lanka Irida” newspaper, on Saturday (17) evening in Homagama, a suburb of Colombo. According to the initial reports coming from Colombo, Mr.Sirimalwatte, was arrested while he was at a playground, by a CID group led by SP Gajasingha, saying that he will be taken in for questioning.

Earlier on Friday (16) night, a CID group led by the same officer had raided the “Lanka Irida” office looking for Mr.Sirimalwatta, it was reported. He was asked to come to the office immediately by the group of CID officers for questioning, which he had refused on the grounds that such questioning should be done during the day time. The arrest of Mr.Sirimalwatta was reported within 24 hours from the above incident.

Please make urgent phone calls and send emails to:

The President of Sri Lanka - + 94 112447400/ email -

Secretary to the President - +94 112 2326309 / email -

Minister of Information Anura Yapa - + 94 0773 814470 (mobile) / +94 112596557 (Office)

(please send copies of your emails to

Executive Committee
Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka

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