URGENT ALERT: CID RAIDS ARRESTED JOURNALIST’S RESIDENCE

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URGENT ALERT: CID RAIDS ARRESTED JOURNALIST’S RESIDENCE

Officers attached to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) who had previously arrested the editor of the “Irida Lanka” newspaper, Chandana Sirimalwatte, have tried to break into his residence a short while ago. According to initial reports, the officers who had visited his residence tried to search the premises without a search warrant. But the wife of the journalist had refused to grant permission since the officers failed to produce a valid search warrant. She has given her protest in writing to the officers.

In the meantime, another group of CID officers have raided the “Irida Lanka” newspaper office on Saturday (30) morning for the second time, after sealing off the premises to visitors. Earlier on Friday (29) afternoon, following the arrest of the editor, the CID broke into “Irida Lanka” office and had searched the premises extensively. They had brought the arrested journalist along with them and had forced him to hand over files that contain sensitive information. According to our sources, the second CID raid is still going on and the officers are questioning every staff member despite their protest.

Notwithstanding the repeated condemnations issued by international media rights groups in the wake of the fresh intimidation campaign, it is obvious that the Sri Lankan government is determined to continue their extremely coercive policy of cracking down on the dissenting media. The journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka urge all the responsible governments and rights group with utmost urgency to demand an immediate stop to the increasing harassment unleashed against “Irida Lanka” and to release it’s editor Chandana Sirimalwatte immediately.

Please make phone calls and send emails to:

The President of Sri Lanka – + 94 112447400/ email -president@presidentsoffice.lk

Secretary to the President – +94 112 2326309 / email – prsec@presidentsoffice.lk

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

Inspector General of Police Mahinda Balasuriya – +94 112 421750 / +94 773088400 email – igp@police.lk

Spokesman Mr. Nimal Madiwake (Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police) – +94 72 2248235

SSP I.M. Karunarathne (Assistant Media Spokesman) – +94 11 4236161 +94 772 602897

(please send copies of your emails to journalistsfordemocracy@gmail.com)

Executive Committee
Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka
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