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January 29 2010


January 27 2010


Colombo hotel under “siege”

From the Daily Mirror in Sri Lanka

A leading hotel in Colombo where Presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka is currently at with several other opposition politicians, is said to be under “siege” with the army insisting that a group of deserters in the premises surrender.

Army spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakara, speaking to Daily Mirror online, said that the army deserters should surrender immediately. However the deserters do not seem to be showing any signs of surrendering any time soon.

Meanwhile opposition leader Ranil Wickramasingha and several other opposition members also arrived at the hotel a short while ago.

Brigadier Nanayakara had earlier told Daily Mirror online that some 400 army deserters with weapons are holed up inside the hotel.

Urgent message out of Sri Lanka

msg from opposition leader Sarath Fonseka's daughter "let all yr frinds know... we arestuck and can't get out as surrounded by Gajaba Unit.we need the people to know.. also the sirasa has been surrounded too so they can't say aney thing Pl nw is the time we neede all the people"

Today the Opposition Leader was held under house arrest along with the Elections Commissioner, Dayananda Silva and the aiport and private tv stations are also under military control in Sri Lanka following elections results.

Colombo Times
Tags: sri lanka
Reposted bySriLankaMediaWatch SriLankaMediaWatch

January 25 2010


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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Media Freedom in Sri Lanka says a journalist attached to the Lanka e news website who has reported being followed in recent days has gone missing. The picture (above) is of the news realease emailed this morning.
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