Workshop for online journalists stopped by police – allege SL media rights groups

Workshop for online journalists stopped by police – allege SL media rights groups

Workshop for online journalists stopped by police – allege SL media rights groups

Written by Staff Writer

01 Oct, 2014 | 12:37 pm

According to Sri Lanka media rights groups, police had stopped an online journalists’ association from holding a workshop on ethics and digital security at the weekend – the fourth disruption of media gatherings since May.

Reuters reports the Action Committee for Media Freedom, an umbrella organisation of media rights groups, as saying that police officers threatened the owner of the resort where the workshop was to be held in Negombo, warning of “dire consequences if they allowed the workshop to take place”.

Police denied making any threats in connection with the weekend’s workshop, which was organised by the Professional Web Journalists Association.

The news comes amid increasing international pressure for Sri Lanka to cooperate with a U.N. probe into allegations of human rights violations in the country.

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