Police arrest Tamil journalist

Place: Sri Lanka | Courtesy: TamilNet
| Date: 20000528

The Sri Lankan Police today arrested a senior journalist of the state run Tamil daily, Thinakaran. The Tamil journalist, Arul Sathiyanathan, was arrested in his home at Talawakella in the hill country district of Nuwara Eliya. His colleagues at Lake House, the Sri Lankan government's news paper organisation, said that Mr.Sathiyanathan was taken into custody by the Police although he had shown them proof that he was a senior accredited journalist at Thinakaran.

The journalist was taken in on suspicion Talawakella Police said. Mr.Sathiyanathan's colleagues, however said that the arrest was arbitrary.

They said that the that he was a Tamil appeared to be the main reason for the Police to say he was suspected of links with the Liberation Tigers.