Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sri Lanka journalist still missing


A media rights group appealed on Wednesday to Sri Lanka's president to reveal the results of a police investigation into the disappearance of a pro-opposition journalist.

Reporters Without Borders said police had "shown no interest" in finding Prageeth Ekneligoda alive, while "government ministers have made contradictory statements that have spread confusion about the circumstances of his disappearance" two months ago.

The Paris-based rights group asked President Mahinda Rajapaksa to order the release of the results of the investigation into the whereabouts of Ekneligoda, who backed opposition candidate Gen. Sarath Fonseka in January's presidential election.

Police spokesman Prishantha Jayakody told The Associated Press that police investigations were still continuing.

The journalist, a political columnist and cartoonist with, is believed to have been abducted while on his way home from work.

The Web site has said that Ekneligoda's critical comments about Rajapaksa may have been the reason for his alleged abduction. Some government officials have claimed the journalist staged his disappearance to embarrass the government before the Jan 26 election.

Media rights groups say Sri Lanka is among the most dangerous places for journalists. Amnesty International says at least 14 Sri Lankan media workers have been killed since the beginning of 2006.


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