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January 25 2010

mediahelpingmedia
20:23

As Sri Lanka election nears, pro-opposition writer vanishes - Committee to Protect Journalists

New York, January 25, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by the reported disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda, a political reporter for the Sri Lankan news Web site Lanka eNews.

Lanka eNews Editor Sandurwan Senadeera told news organizations that Ekneligoda was last seen leaving the office on Sunday evening. He told news outlets that he fears the reporter may have been abducted. In its own account, Lanka eNews described Ekneligoda as a political analyst who has supported opposition presidential candidate Sarath Fonska, a retired general, in Tuesday’s election. The presidential election has already been marred by widespread violence and accusations of cheating by both sides.

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