Unanswered heinous crimes against journalists and media institutions (VIDEO)

Unanswered heinous crimes against journalists and media institutions (VIDEO)

Written by Lahiru Fernando

02 Nov, 2017 | 10:45 pm

Today (November 2) is the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists for United Nations’ countries.

Why is this day important?

Over the past decade alone, more than 800 journalists have been killed. Why? – for bringing news and information to the public.

The worst of the years for Journalists were 2012 and 2015:

  • 2012: 124 journalists killed
  • 2015: 115 journalists killed

When attacks on journalists remain unpunished, a very negative message is sent that reporting the “embarrassing truth” or “unwanted opinions” will get ordinary people in trouble. – Such is the belief of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

Furthermore, society loses confidence in its own judiciary system which is meant to protect everyone from attacks on their rights.

Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova issued a statement to mark the day, calling for the world to stand together to bolster the safety of journalists and ensure justice is done.

Unanswered heinous crimes against journalists and media institutions

May 2008: Keith Noyahr, Associate Editor and defense columnist of The Nation newspaper was abducted an beaten up.

January 6, 2009: The Sirasa Depanama Studio Complex was bombed by a group of assailants.

January 8, 2009: Not even 48 hours after the attack on the Depanama Complex, Senior Journalist Lasantha Wickremetunge was assassinated in Atthidiya.

January 23, 2009: Chief Editor of the Rivira newspaper Upali Tennakoon was assaulted by a group that arrived on two motorcycles.

March 25, 2009: The office of the Udayan newspaper in Jaffna was attacked with a hand grenade.

June 1, 2009: Journalist Poddala Jayantha was abducted in Ambuldeniya, Nugegoda.

March 22, 2010: Attack launched on the head office of the Sirasa Media Network, leaving several of its employees injured.

July 30, 2010: Attack lanced on the Voice of Asia Media group which runs Siyatha TV and radio stations.

April 13, 2013: Head office of the Udayan newspaper attacked once again, making it the 33rd such attack on its office and journalists.

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