6/05/2013

Sri Lanka government should produce evidence for disappeared journalist's existence in France

Sri Lanka government today announced that the journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda claimed to be disappeared lives in France.

The statement in this regard was made by a back bench MP Arundika Fernando but in the parliament, if it is not a place meant to lie. In an earlier occasion  present Chief Justice Mohan Pieris then the head of Government’s delegation to the UN Committee Against Torture claimed that Prageeth was living abroad. When Prageeth's wife challenged him to produce evidence he simply retracted his statement to the UN Committee Against Torture and said he was unaware where Prageeth is.

MP Arundika Fernando expressed this observation as he was addressing the debate on bill to amend the Press Council Act. The MP argued that the opposition is making false allegations that the government is suppressing media.

Journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda disappeared hours before the 2010 Presidential election which was held on January 26. He supported the Presidential campaign of former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka.

I have met him once and I have written about him in Sinhala.  He was a writer with passion and drew interesting cartoons which you can see here.

The government repeatedly claims that Prageeth lives. Then why can't it produce proof?

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