Speak Out For Imprisoned Journalists On World Press Freedom Day

Shi Tao, serving a 10 year sentence in China for writing an email.

Sending an e-mail seems harmless enough, but Shi Tao has been in prison for it for over six years.  His crime: working as a journalist and exposing censorship.

In that e-mail, Shi Tao commented on Chinese authorities’ directive to downplay the 15th anniversary of the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy activists. When a journalist speaks out for human rights and the lives of others in China he risks his own — even in a digital world of e-mail and the web.

And how appropriate that today, World Press Freedom Day, focuses on media freedom in the digital age.  World Press Freedom Day was established by the United Nations as a tribute to journalists, celebrating the very rights that Shi Tao cannot enjoy: the fundamental human right to freedom of expression.  All over the world, journalists constantly face imprisonment, violence, intimidation, detainment and even torture for reporting on human rights violations.

Like Shi Tao, J.S. Tissainayagam (also known as “Tissa”) faced a similar punishment for his journalism.  For criticizing the Sri Lankan government in his writing, Tissa was sentenced to 20 years of hard labor.  Due to the work of Amnesty International and many concerned citizens around the world, Tissa was pardoned last year on World Press Freedom Day.

But the struggle for press freedom did not end in Sri Lanka. Prageeth Eknaligoda, a journalist and political analyst for the website Lanka-e-News went missing more than 15 months ago. One week before his disappearance, Eknaligoda had just completed a comparative analysis for the presidential election, coming out in favor of the opposition candidate.

On this World Press Freedom Day, let’s raise our voice for the voiceless and speak out for Shi Tao and Prageeth Eknaligoda. Mention their names on your blog, Facebook and Twitter to bring attention to press freedom and celebrate the new media of the 21st century.

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88 thoughts on “Speak Out For Imprisoned Journalists On World Press Freedom Day

  1. It is easy and quite deceitful and intellectually lazy to call the Tamil freedom fighters "terrorists".

    I was a Hungarian freedom fighter in 1956 and because we fought the Russians we were regarded as 'wonderfull" by the USA, who proptly let us get slaughtered and did not lift a finger ( there was no OIL in Hungary ).

    When the Third World oppressed fight back they are vilified instead of being recognised as the victim.

    No wonder the US and it's "coalition" is loosing support all around the globe – even though it is the supposed champion of democracy.

  2. A full investigation is certainly required not just for reconciliation but also for general justice as well.

    Otherwise, the world rogue nations will follow the same and there are more vulnerable community like Tamils will pay their lives for so called territorial integrity.

  3. The present day China has inherited a legacy of undemocratic conduct and human right violations but we expect a different attitude from Yahoo – a bit constructive one, in favor of openness, against censorship and pro freedom of Press. Yahoo must exhibit its commitment to values and ethics, preserve secrecy of its e mail users. Every user of Yahoo mail puts an unwritten trust of confidentiality in it when he opts to use it for communicating with other people. This sacred trust in no case be violated. This is an appeal and very just one.

  4. Sri Lanka is a failed state

    . Now sanctions is the only answer.

    Tamils have waited long enough for justice.

    Delayed justice is denied justice.

    If we allow Sri Lanka to get away with mass murders, human right abuses and crimes against humanity, Sri Lanka will continue its agenda of silent genocide of Tamils with the blessings of the international community.

    UNSG must act without delay and establish an independent Tribunal for Sri Lanka.

  5. What is the root cause of all these?

    Please go back in Sri Lanka past and analyse it !

    The TRUTH would be obvious.

    It is important to have the TRUTH of all Sri Lanka conflicts need to be brought to the public.

    That is why it is paramount to have an independant international investigation.

    Only by analysing the root cause there would be a genuine RECONCILLIATION.

  6. This type of activity is common and expected by china. But to have yahoo be a part of it, willfully, is disgusting.

  7. It is easy and quite deceitful and intellectually lazy to call the Tamil freedom fighters “terrorists”.

    I was a Hungarian freedom fighter in 1956 and because we fought the Russians we were regarded as ‘wonderfull” by the USA, who proptly let us get slaughtered and did not lift a finger ( there was no OIL in Hungary ).

    When the Third World oppressed fight back they are vilified instead of being recognised as the victim.

    No wonder the US and it’s “coalition” is loosing support all around the globe – even though it is the supposed champion of democracy.

  8. A full investigation is certainly required not just for reconciliation but also for general justice as well.

    Otherwise, the world rogue nations will follow the same and there are more vulnerable community like Tamils will pay their lives for so called territorial integrity.

  9. The present day China has inherited a legacy of undemocratic conduct and human right violations but we expect a different attitude from Yahoo – a bit constructive one, in favor of openness, against censorship and pro freedom of Press. Yahoo must exhibit its commitment to values and ethics, preserve secrecy of its e mail users. Every user of Yahoo mail puts an unwritten trust of confidentiality in it when he opts to use it for communicating with other people. This sacred trust in no case be violated. This is an appeal and very just one.

  10. Sri Lanka is a failed state

    . Now sanctions is the only answer.

    Tamils have waited long enough for justice.

    Delayed justice is denied justice.

    If we allow Sri Lanka to get away with mass murders, human right abuses and crimes against humanity, Sri Lanka will continue its agenda of silent genocide of Tamils with the blessings of the international community.

    UNSG must act without delay and establish an independent Tribunal for Sri Lanka.

  11. What is the root cause of all these?

    Please go back in Sri Lanka past and analyse it !

    The TRUTH would be obvious.

    It is important to have the TRUTH of all Sri Lanka conflicts need to be brought to the public.

    That is why it is paramount to have an independant international investigation.

    Only by analysing the root cause there would be a genuine RECONCILLIATION.

  12. This type of activity is common and expected by china. But to have yahoo be a part of it, willfully, is disgusting.

  13. Sri Lanka “No Fire Zone” was kill Zone

    On many occasions, the government and the military declared no-fire zones (NFZ) and claimed the “security forces are fully committed to provide maximum safety for civilians”.

    Far from being protected, civilians were slaughtered in their thousands as the military mercilessly subjected these areas to aerial and artillery bombardment.
    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/may2011/sril-m0

  14. Sri Lanka “No Fire Zone” was kill Zone

    On many occasions, the government and the military declared no-fire zones (NFZ) and claimed the “security forces are fully committed to provide maximum safety for civilians”.

    Far from being protected, civilians were slaughtered in their thousands as the military mercilessly subjected these areas to aerial and artillery bombardment.
    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/may2011/sril-m0

  15. Sri Lanka “No Fire Zone” was kill Zone

    On many occasions, the government and the military declared no-fire zones (NFZ) and claimed the “security forces are fully committed to provide maximum safety for civilians”.

    Far from being protected, civilians were slaughtered in their thousands as the military mercilessly subjected these areas to aerial and artillery bombardment.
    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/may2011/sril-m0

  16. The UN report confirmed what many in the international community had suspected. In the closing days of the war, Sri Lankan government forces shelled hospitals and food distribution centers and gathered ethnic Tamil civilians in “no fire zones” and shelled those locations, all the while claiming a policy of “zero civilian casualties.”

  17. Sri Lanka “No Fire Zone” was kill Zone

    On many occasions, the government and the military declared no-fire zones (NFZ) and claimed the “security forces are fully committed to provide maximum safety for civilians”.

    Far from being protected, civilians were slaughtered in their thousands as the military mercilessly subjected these areas to aerial and artillery bombardment.

    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/may2011/sril-m04.shtml

  18. The UN report confirmed what many in the international community had suspected. In the closing days of the war, Sri Lankan government forces shelled hospitals and food distribution centers and gathered ethnic Tamil civilians in “no fire zones” and shelled those locations, all the while claiming a policy of “zero civilian casualties.”

  19. Indians demand prosecution of Rajapaksa

    India leader R. Nallakannu here on Wednesday inaugurated a signature campaign demanding the prosecution of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the international court, “for his role in the genocide in the island nation during its war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.”

    The campaign, an initiative of the Tamirabharani Panpaattu Arangam, is being conducted in the wake of the United Nation's revelations of “war crimes” by Sri Lankan armed forces.

    The UN report has made public the liberal use of cluster bombs on the innocent public, missile attack on hospitals and refugee camps, denial of humanitarian aid to the affected population, attack on the media and civil society.

    The signature campaign was launched at the Tirunelveli railway junction, said M.A. Britto of the Tamirabharani Panpaattu Arangam and director, ‘Vaan Muhil'.

    Former head, Department of Tamil Studies, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tho. Paramasivan, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Political Council member K.M.A. Nizam, CPI district secretary R. Shanmugavel and others participated in the signature campaign.
    http://www.hindu.com/2011/05/05/stories/201105056

  20. Indians demand prosecution of Rajapaksa

    India leader R. Nallakannu here on Wednesday inaugurated a signature campaign demanding the prosecution of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the international court, “for his role in the genocide in the island nation during its war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.”

    The campaign, an initiative of the Tamirabharani Panpaattu Arangam, is being conducted in the wake of the United Nation's revelations of “war crimes” by Sri Lankan armed forces.

    The UN report has made public the liberal use of cluster bombs on the innocent public, missile attack on hospitals and refugee camps, denial of humanitarian aid to the affected population, attack on the media and civil society.

    The signature campaign was launched at the Tirunelveli railway junction, said M.A. Britto of the Tamirabharani Panpaattu Arangam and director, ‘Vaan Muhil'.

    Former head, Department of Tamil Studies, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tho. Paramasivan, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Political Council member K.M.A. Nizam, CPI district secretary R. Shanmugavel and others participated in the signature campaign.
    http://www.hindu.com/2011/05/05/stories/201105056

  21. Indians demand prosecution of Rajapaksa

    India leader R. Nallakannu here on Wednesday inaugurated a signature campaign demanding the prosecution of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the international court, “for his role in the genocide in the island nation during its war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.”

    The campaign, an initiative of the Tamirabharani Panpaattu Arangam, is being conducted in the wake of the United Nation's revelations of “war crimes” by Sri Lankan armed forces.

    The UN report has made public the liberal use of cluster bombs on the innocent public, missile attack on hospitals and refugee camps, denial of humanitarian aid to the affected population, attack on the media and civil society.

    The signature campaign was launched at the Tirunelveli railway junction, said M.A. Britto of the Tamirabharani Panpaattu Arangam and director, ‘Vaan Muhil'.

    Former head, Department of Tamil Studies, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tho. Paramasivan, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Political Council member K.M.A. Nizam, CPI district secretary R. Shanmugavel and others participated in the signature campaign.
    http://www.hindu.com/2011/05/05/stories/201105056

  22. Indians demand prosecution of Rajapaksa

    India leader R. Nallakannu here on Wednesday inaugurated a signature campaign demanding the prosecution of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the international court, “for his role in the genocide in the island nation during its war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.”

    The campaign, an initiative of the Tamirabharani Panpaattu Arangam, is being conducted in the wake of the United Nation’s revelations of “war crimes” by Sri Lankan armed forces.

    The UN report has made public the liberal use of cluster bombs on the innocent public, missile attack on hospitals and refugee camps, denial of humanitarian aid to the affected population, attack on the media and civil society.

    The signature campaign was launched at the Tirunelveli railway junction, said M.A. Britto of the Tamirabharani Panpaattu Arangam and director, ‘Vaan Muhil’.

    Former head, Department of Tamil Studies, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tho. Paramasivan, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Political Council member K.M.A. Nizam, CPI district secretary R. Shanmugavel and others participated in the signature campaign.

    http://www.hindu.com/2011/05/05/stories/2011050564060400.htm

  23. Tamils protest in Canada

    Tamils protest in a large demonstration in Toronto, Canada to support a United Nations panel’s call for a probe of alleged war crimes committed near the end of Sri Lanka’s war.

    In a recent report, the three-member UN panel cited “credible allegations” Sri Lanka Army violated international humanitarian and human-rights law during the final months of the conflict

    The report said “tens of thousands” of civilians were killed in the conflict zone in the island country’s Tamil-dominated northeast. Most died due to government shelling that allegedly targeted no-fire zones, hospitals and relief sites operated by the UN and Red Cross

  24. Tamils protest in Canada

    Tamils protest in a large demonstration in Toronto, Canada to support a United Nations panel’s call for a probe of alleged war crimes committed near the end of Sri Lanka’s war.

    In a recent report, the three-member UN panel cited “credible allegations” Sri Lanka Army violated international humanitarian and human-rights law during the final months of the conflict

    The report said “tens of thousands” of civilians were killed in the conflict zone in the island country’s Tamil-dominated northeast. Most died due to government shelling that allegedly targeted no-fire zones, hospitals and relief sites operated by the UN and Red Cross

  25. Dear Rohan

    Your tireless efforts to bring Justice to the voiceless and oppressed Tamil people is deeply appreciated !!! :) :) :)

    I have admired your superb and valiant work for years !! You are a great Freedom Fighter and your posts all over internet will Free the Tamils from the chains of oppression and military occupation by the Ruthless Sinhalese Colonial Slave Masters .

  26. Let's not forget 34 journalists and media workers killed during Rajapaksa brothers regime
    APRIL 2004 – MARCH 2O09

    2004

    1. Aiyathurai A. Nadesan – Journalist / 31 May

    2. Kandaswamy Aiyer Balanadaraj – Writer / 16 August

    3. Lanka Jayasundera – Photo journalist/ 11 December

    2005

    4. Dharmaratnam Sivaram – Editor / 28 April

    5. Kannamuttu Arsakumar – Media worker/ 29 June

    6. Relangee Selvarajah – Journalist / 12 August

    7. D. Selvaratnam – Media worker/ 29 August

    8. Yogakumar Krishnapillai – Media Worker / 30 September

    9. L. M. Faleel (Netpittimunai Faleel) – Writer / 02 December

    10. K. Navaratnam – Media worker/ 22 December

    2006

    11. Subramaniam Suhirtharajan – Journalist / 24 January

    12. S. T. Gananathan – Owner / 01 February

    13. Bastian George Sagayathas – Media worker / 03 May

    14. Rajaratnam Ranjith Kumar – Media worker / 03 May

    15. Sampath Lakmal de Silva – Journalist / 02 July

    16. Mariadasan Manojanraj – Media worker/ 01 August

    17. Pathmanathan Vismananthan – Singer and musician / 02 August

    18. Sathasivam Baskaran – Media worker / 15 August

    19. Sinnathamby Sivamaharajah – Media owner / 20 August

    2007

    20. S. Raveendran – Media worker / 12 February

    21. Subramaniam Ramachandran – Media personnel / 15 February

    22. Chandrabose Suthakar – Journalist / 16 April

    23. Selvarasah Rajeevarman – Journalist / 29 April

    24. Sahadevan Neelakshan – Journalist / 01 August

    25. Anthonypillai Sherin Siththiranjan – Media worker/ 05 November

    26. Vadivel Nimalarajah – Media worker/ 17 November

    27. Isaivizhi Chempian (Subhajini) – Media worker/ 27 November

    28. Suresh Limbiyo – Media worker/ 27 November

    29. T. Tharmalingam – Media worker/ 27 November

    2008

    30. Paranirupesingham Devakumar – Journalist / 28 May

    31. Rashmi Mohamad – Journalist / 06 October

    2009

    32. Lasanntha Wickrematunge – Editor / 08 January

    33. Punniyamurthy Sathyamurthy – Journalist / 12 February

    34. Sasi Mathan – Media worker/ 06 March

  27. The attack on the Media outlet – Siyatha office in Sri Lanka

    This is a Sri Lankan govt of the Rajapaksa, for the Rajapaksas, by the Rajapaksas

    This comment by Rajapaksa ruthless regime thug is very, very funny

    “We need to maintain “emergency laws ” to ensure the “safety and security ” of the nation,” the Sri Lankans thug informed parliament, days after the slash and burn attack on the Media outlet – Siyatha office, located in a downtown Colombo high security zone

    Sri Lankan police claimed to be ‘clueless’ about the identity of the Siyatha attackers.

    I think, this media office in close proximity to the presidential abode is attacked, only one of two explanations are possible: either the
    authorities are criminally incompetent or they are criminally complicit…

    Post-war, Sri Lanka’s defence expenditure remains stratospherical; a host of repressive legislations are still in place and the humiliatingly discriminatory practice of registering Tamils has resumed – in the name of security. And yet, deputy ministers tie public officials to trees in the West; mysterious attackers bulldoze temples and dispossess Sinhala villagers in the East, to make way for tourist hotels and displaced Northern Tamils returning to their ancestral lands are expelled, to build cantonments.

    Behind a façade of democracy, impunity is ravaging post-war Sri Lanka.

  28. Dear Rohan

    Your tireless efforts to bring Justice to the voiceless and oppressed Tamil people is deeply appreciated !!! :) :) :)

    I have admired your superb and valiant work for years !! You are a great Freedom Fighter and your posts all over internet will Free the Tamils from the chains of oppression and military occupation by the Ruthless Sinhalese Colonial Slave Masters .

  29. Let’s not forget 34 journalists and media workers killed during Rajapaksa brothers regime
    APRIL 2004 – MARCH 2O09

    2004

    1. Aiyathurai A. Nadesan – Journalist / 31 May

    2. Kandaswamy Aiyer Balanadaraj – Writer / 16 August

    3. Lanka Jayasundera – Photo journalist/ 11 December

    2005

    4. Dharmaratnam Sivaram – Editor / 28 April

    5. Kannamuttu Arsakumar – Media worker/ 29 June

    6. Relangee Selvarajah – Journalist / 12 August

    7. D. Selvaratnam – Media worker/ 29 August

    8. Yogakumar Krishnapillai – Media Worker / 30 September

    9. L. M. Faleel (Netpittimunai Faleel) – Writer / 02 December

    10. K. Navaratnam – Media worker/ 22 December

    2006

    11. Subramaniam Suhirtharajan – Journalist / 24 January

    12. S. T. Gananathan – Owner / 01 February

    13. Bastian George Sagayathas – Media worker / 03 May

    14. Rajaratnam Ranjith Kumar – Media worker / 03 May

    15. Sampath Lakmal de Silva – Journalist / 02 July

    16. Mariadasan Manojanraj – Media worker/ 01 August

    17. Pathmanathan Vismananthan – Singer and musician / 02 August

    18. Sathasivam Baskaran – Media worker / 15 August

    19. Sinnathamby Sivamaharajah – Media owner / 20 August

    2007

    20. S. Raveendran – Media worker / 12 February

    21. Subramaniam Ramachandran – Media personnel / 15 February

    22. Chandrabose Suthakar – Journalist / 16 April

    23. Selvarasah Rajeevarman – Journalist / 29 April

    24. Sahadevan Neelakshan – Journalist / 01 August

    25. Anthonypillai Sherin Siththiranjan – Media worker/ 05 November

    26. Vadivel Nimalarajah – Media worker/ 17 November

    27. Isaivizhi Chempian (Subhajini) – Media worker/ 27 November

    28. Suresh Limbiyo – Media worker/ 27 November

    29. T. Tharmalingam – Media worker/ 27 November

    2008

    30. Paranirupesingham Devakumar – Journalist / 28 May

    31. Rashmi Mohamad – Journalist / 06 October

    2009

    32. Lasanntha Wickrematunge – Editor / 08 January

    33. Punniyamurthy Sathyamurthy – Journalist / 12 February

    34. Sasi Mathan – Media worker/ 06 March

  30. The attack on the Media outlet – Siyatha office in Sri Lanka

    This is a Sri Lankan govt of the Rajapaksa, for the Rajapaksas, by the Rajapaksas

    This comment by Rajapaksa ruthless regime thug is very, very funny

    “We need to maintain “emergency laws ” to ensure the “safety and security ” of the nation,” the Sri Lankans thug informed parliament, days after the slash and burn attack on the Media outlet – Siyatha office, located in a downtown Colombo high security zone

    Sri Lankan police claimed to be ‘clueless’ about the identity of the Siyatha attackers.

    I think, this media office in close proximity to the presidential abode is attacked, only one of two explanations are possible: either the
    authorities are criminally incompetent or they are criminally complicit…

    Post-war, Sri Lanka’s defence expenditure remains stratospherical; a host of repressive legislations are still in place and the humiliatingly discriminatory practice of registering Tamils has resumed – in the name of security. And yet, deputy ministers tie public officials to trees in the West; mysterious attackers bulldoze temples and dispossess Sinhala villagers in the East, to make way for tourist hotels and displaced Northern Tamils returning to their ancestral lands are expelled, to build cantonments.

    Behind a façade of democracy, impunity is ravaging post-war Sri Lanka.

  31. Rajapaksa lies permeate the whole country !!

    Every nook and cranny

    Even Sri Lankan gold medalist boxer lies !!!!
    ————————————————————-

    Sri Lankan gold medalist boxer found guilty of doping, loses medal

    The Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) Federation Court has found Sri Lankan boxer Manju Wanniarachchi guilty of using an illegal stimuli today and decided to strip him of his gold medal. http://www.colombopage.com/archive_11/May08_13048

  32. The need for an International Investigation Of war crimes in Sri Lanka

    Kay S. Kumaran ,A United States Tamil Political Action Council U STPAC recently released the following report, entitled "The Track Record of Sri Lankan Commissions and the Need for an International Investigation of War Crimes."
    http://tamilweek.com/news-features/archives/2538

  33. War crime, genocide case against Rajapaksa

    War crime, genocide case against Rajapaksa placed in Norway courts
    Leading Norwegian Lawyer on Human Rights, Harald Stabell, has filed a case under the Norwegian national law, against the Sri Lankan President and Commander-in-Chief of the SL armed forces, Mahinda Rajapaksa, his brother and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, and former Sri Lanka Army commander Sarath Fonseka, now in Rajapaksa's custody, and several other SL commanders, for allegedly committing War Crimes, Crimes against Humanity and Genocide against Eezham Tamils. The case is filed on behalf of the Norwegian Council of Eezham Tamils (NCET) and 15 affected Norwegian Tamils. Following the latest revelations by the Norwegian Minister Erik Solheim in Norwegian national media NRK about his knowledge of the white-flag surrender, which turned into a war crime, the lawyers have indicated to the Chief Prosecutor of Norway that evidence may be sought from Mr. Solheim.

  34. Rajapaksa lies permeate the whole country !!

    Every nook and cranny

    Even Sri Lankan gold medalist boxer lies !!!!
    ————————————————————-

    Sri Lankan gold medalist boxer found guilty of doping, loses medal

    The Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) Federation Court has found Sri Lankan boxer Manju Wanniarachchi guilty of using an illegal stimuli today and decided to strip him of his gold medal. http://www.colombopage.com/archive_11/May08_13048

  35. Rajapaksa lies permeate the whole country !!

    Every nook and cranny

    Even Sri Lankan gold medalist boxer lies !!!!
    ————————————————————-

    Sri Lankan gold medalist boxer found guilty of doping, loses medal

    The Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) Federation Court has found Sri Lankan boxer Manju Wanniarachchi guilty of using an illegal stimuli today and decided to strip him of his gold medal. http://www.colombopage.com/archive_11/May08_13048

  36. The need for an International Investigation Of war crimes in Sri Lanka

    Kay S. Kumaran ,A United States Tamil Political Action Council U STPAC recently released the following report, entitled "The Track Record of Sri Lankan Commissions and the Need for an International Investigation of War Crimes."
    http://tamilweek.com/news-features/archives/2538

  37. The need for an International Investigation Of war crimes in Sri Lanka

    Kay S. Kumaran ,A United States Tamil Political Action Council U STPAC recently released the following report, entitled "The Track Record of Sri Lankan Commissions and the Need for an International Investigation of War Crimes."
    http://tamilweek.com/news-features/archives/2538

  38. War crime, genocide case against Rajapaksa

    War crime, genocide case against Rajapaksa placed in Norway courts
    Leading Norwegian Lawyer on Human Rights, Harald Stabell, has filed a case under the Norwegian national law, against the Sri Lankan President and Commander-in-Chief of the SL armed forces, Mahinda Rajapaksa, his brother and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, and former Sri Lanka Army commander Sarath Fonseka, now in Rajapaksa’s custody, and several other SL commanders, for allegedly committing War Crimes, Crimes against Humanity and Genocide against Eezham Tamils. The case is filed on behalf of the Norwegian Council of Eezham Tamils (NCET) and 15 affected Norwegian Tamils. Following the latest revelations by the Norwegian Minister Erik Solheim in Norwegian national media NRK about his knowledge of the white-flag surrender, which turned into a war crime, the lawyers have indicated to the Chief Prosecutor of Norway that evidence may be sought from Mr. Solheim.

  39. Rajapaksa lies permeate the whole country !!

    Every nook and cranny

    Even Sri Lankan gold medalist boxer lies !!!!
    ————————————————————-

    Sri Lankan gold medalist boxer found guilty of doping, loses medal

    The Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) Federation Court has found Sri Lankan boxer Manju Wanniarachchi guilty of using an illegal stimuli today and decided to strip him of his gold medal.
    http://www.colombopage.com/archive_11/May08_1304863805CH.php

  40. The need for an International Investigation Of war crimes in Sri Lanka

    Kay S. Kumaran ,A United States Tamil Political Action Council U STPAC recently released the following report, entitled “The Track Record of Sri Lankan Commissions and the Need for an International Investigation of War Crimes.”

    http://tamilweek.com/news-features/archives/2538

  41. Oh. My. God. The Eelamists are defecating and suicide bombing on this post, also. Typical.

    @ Subramaniam: brain damage has obviously prevented you from mentioning that Paranirupasingham Devakumar was (according to the CJP), murdered by the LTTE – the sole saviours of the Tamil people.

    "Devakumar, Jaffna correspondent for the independent channel News 1st, was stabbed to death when he was attacked by supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), according to Sunanda Deshapriya, spokesman for local press freedom group the Free Media Movement."  http://www.cpj.org/killed/2008/paranirupasingham-

    The following people on your list were NOT journalists.

    Suresh Linbiyo, Voice of Tigers
    T. Tharmalingam, Voice of Tigers
    Isaivizhi Chempiyan, Voice of Tigers

    They all worked for Voice of the Tigers, the propaganda arm of the LTTE. VOT got hit by an air-strike and they got killed. The technical term is 'proportionate collateral damage.'

    As for the other, its a tragedy that even one journalist was killed in SL during the war. GoSL were undoubtedly guilty of murdering or through neglect, allowing the murder of journalists.

    The whiny Eelamists however are unable to accept that their failed leader also did the same.

  42. I simply can't believe that the all-round 100% charitable social worker group, the LTTE actually murdered journalists! I'm shocked. Just shocked!

    I wonder if the newly elected Eezam Tamil Canadian MP (with her lovely new baby) will demand that the Canadian Govt immediately investigate these 'Eelamish' crimes against journalists.

    Rathika Sitsabaiesan said, “For me the focus is people being treated with fairness, equality, dignity and justice,”. Of course, of course – as long the people didn't disagree with the LTTE! :) :)

    Here's Rathika, cuddling her son/nephew or other relative: <a href="http://transcurrents.com/news-views/archives/143” target=”_blank”>http://transcurrents.com/news-views/archives/143

  43. Oh. My. God. The Eelamists are defecating and suicide bombing on this post, also. Typical.

    @ Subramaniam: brain damage has obviously prevented you from mentioning that Paranirupasingham Devakumar was (according to the CJP), murdered by the LTTE – the sole saviours of the Tamil people.

    "Devakumar, Jaffna correspondent for the independent channel News 1st, was stabbed to death when he was attacked by supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), according to Sunanda Deshapriya, spokesman for local press freedom group the Free Media Movement."  http://www.cpj.org/killed/2008/paranirupasingham-

    The following people on your list were NOT journalists.

    Suresh Linbiyo, Voice of Tigers
    T. Tharmalingam, Voice of Tigers
    Isaivizhi Chempiyan, Voice of Tigers

    They all worked for Voice of the Tigers, the propaganda arm of the LTTE. VOT got hit by an air-strike and they got killed. The technical term is 'proportionate collateral damage.'

    As for the other, its a tragedy that even one journalist was killed in SL during the war. GoSL were undoubtedly guilty of murdering or through neglect, allowing the murder of journalists.

    The whiny Eelamists however are unable to accept that their failed leader also did the same.

  44. Oh. My. God. The Eelamists are defecating and suicide bombing on this post, also. Typical.

    @ Subramaniam: brain damage has obviously prevented you from mentioning that Paranirupasingham Devakumar was (according to the CJP), murdered by the LTTE – the sole saviours of the Tamil people.

    "Devakumar, Jaffna correspondent for the independent channel News 1st, was stabbed to death when he was attacked by supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), according to Sunanda Deshapriya, spokesman for local press freedom group the Free Media Movement."  http://www.cpj.org/killed/2008/paranirupasingham-

    The following people on your list were NOT journalists.

    Suresh Linbiyo, Voice of Tigers
    T. Tharmalingam, Voice of Tigers
    Isaivizhi Chempiyan, Voice of Tigers

    They all worked for Voice of the Tigers, the propaganda arm of the LTTE. VOT got hit by an air-strike and they got killed. The technical term is 'proportionate collateral damage.'

    As for the other, its a tragedy that even one journalist was killed in SL during the war. GoSL were undoubtedly guilty of murdering or through neglect, allowing the murder of journalists.

    The whiny Eelamists however are unable to accept that their failed leader also did the same.

  45. More Sri Lankan journalists murdered by the LTTE include:

    Bala Nadarajah Iyer."The EPDP's official news Web site reported that the LTTE had threatened Iyer before his murder.

    Rashmi Mohamed who died when an [LTTE] a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device."

    I'm even more shocked and appalled that the totally innocent, 100% peaceful LTTE would ever set off suicide bombs without first checking that a journalist might get killed.

  46. I simply can't believe that the all-round 100% charitable social worker group, the LTTE actually murdered journalists! I'm shocked. Just shocked!

    I wonder if the newly elected Eezam Tamil Canadian MP (with her lovely new baby) will demand that the Canadian Govt immediately investigate these 'Eelamish' crimes against journalists.

    Rathika Sitsabaiesan said, “For me the focus is people being treated with fairness, equality, dignity and justice,”. Of course, of course – as long the people didn't disagree with the LTTE! :) :)

    Here's Rathika, cuddling her son/nephew or other relative: <a href="http://transcurrents.com/news-views/archives/143” target=”_blank”>http://transcurrents.com/news-views/archives/143

  47. I simply can't believe that the all-round 100% charitable social worker group, the LTTE actually murdered journalists! I'm shocked. Just shocked!

    I wonder if the newly elected Eezam Tamil Canadian MP (with her lovely new baby) will demand that the Canadian Govt immediately investigate these 'Eelamish' crimes against journalists.

    Rathika Sitsabaiesan said, “For me the focus is people being treated with fairness, equality, dignity and justice,”. Of course, of course – as long the people didn't disagree with the LTTE! :) :)

    Here's Rathika, cuddling her son/nephew or other relative: <a href="http://transcurrents.com/news-views/archives/143” target=”_blank”>http://transcurrents.com/news-views/archives/143

  48. Oh. My. God. The Eelamists are defecating and suicide bombing on this post, also. Typical.

    @ Subramaniam: brain damage has obviously prevented you from mentioning that Paranirupasingham Devakumar was (according to the CJP), murdered by the LTTE – the sole saviours of the Tamil people.

    “Devakumar, Jaffna correspondent for the independent channel News 1st, was stabbed to death when he was attacked by supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), according to Sunanda Deshapriya, spokesman for local press freedom group the Free Media Movement.” 
    http://www.cpj.org/killed/2008/paranirupasingham-devakumar.php

    The following people on your list were NOT journalists.

    Suresh Linbiyo, Voice of Tigers
    T. Tharmalingam, Voice of Tigers
    Isaivizhi Chempiyan, Voice of Tigers

    They all worked for Voice of the Tigers, the propaganda arm of the LTTE. VOT got hit by an air-strike and they got killed. The technical term is ‘proportionate collateral damage.’

    As for the other, its a tragedy that even one journalist was killed in SL during the war. GoSL were undoubtedly guilty of murdering or through neglect, allowing the murder of journalists.

    The whiny Eelamists however are unable to accept that their failed leader also did the same.

  49. More Sri Lankan journalists murdered by the LTTE include:

    Bala Nadarajah Iyer.“The EPDP’s official news Web site reported that the LTTE had threatened Iyer before his murder.

    Rashmi Mohamed who died when an [LTTE] a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device.”

    I’m even more shocked and appalled that the totally innocent, 100% peaceful LTTE would ever set off suicide bombs without first checking that a journalist might get killed.

  50. I simply can’t believe that the all-round 100% charitable social worker group, the LTTE actually murdered journalists! I’m shocked. Just shocked!

    I wonder if the newly elected Eezam Tamil Canadian MP (with her lovely new baby) will demand that the Canadian Govt immediately investigate these ‘Eelamish’ crimes against journalists.

    Rathika Sitsabaiesan said, “For me the focus is people being treated with fairness, equality, dignity and justice,”. Of course, of course – as long the people didn’t disagree with the LTTE! :) :)

    Here’s Rathika, cuddling her son/nephew or other relative: http://transcurrents.com/news-views/archives/143