Sri Lanka - Three journalists on Outreachlk website released



    MONTREAL, March 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders welcomed the
release on 19 March of three journalists working for the website Outreachlk.
They were held by anti-terrorist police for 12 days.
    Journalist Kithsiri Wijesinghe, photographer Gayan Lasantha Ranga and
cameraman Udayanan, were arrested by anti-terror police on 7 March, after
coming under suspicion of receiving money from the Tamil Tigers. Some of them
were beaten in the first days of their detention in an attempt to extract
confessions. Reporters Without Borders has obtained evidence that the money in
question came chiefly from a German foundation, without any link with the
Tamil rebels of the LTTE.
    Owner of the printers and Tamil writer, V. Jasikaran, as well as the
director of the website and journalist on the Sunday Times, J. S.
Tissanayagam, are still in police custody. The latter has appealed to the
Supreme Court for his release and complained of "inhuman conditions" of
detention.




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For further information: Katherine Borlongan, secretary general,
Reporters Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4208, Fax: (514)
521-7771, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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