Four Lankan journalists seek protection

Place: Sri Lanka | Courtesy: Hindustan Times
| Date: 20000606

FOR SENIOR Sri Lankan journalists have written to President Mrs Chandrika Kumaratunga seeking protection against threats to their lives from an organisation which calls itself the Deshabhaktha Madhiya Viyaparaya (DMM).

They told the President that the organisation had made a specious and false charge that they were acolytes of the LTTE and were "national traitors". What the journalists found even more galling was the fact that the charge levelled by the DMM was aired by the state owned Independent Television Network (ITN) in its prime time news bulletin on June 3.

The journalists concerned are P Seevagan of the BBC's Tamil service, Taraki, the well known Defense Correspondent of the Mirror, Roy Denish of The Sunday Leader and Saman Waagarachchi, Editor of the now banned Iridi Peramuna.

About 15,000 people from the Chavakacheri area of Thenmarachchi division in Jaffna find themselves trapped in an operational area because of a tug of war between the Sri Lankan army and the LTTE on where they should be allowed to go.