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Last updated: 09 June, 2009 - Published 12:41 GMT
 
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Attacked journalist still in hospital
 
Poddala Jayantha in hospital on 01/06/09
Jayantha says that he is suspiciuos whether state media reports were part of the victimisation
The journalist union leader who was brutally assaulted in Colombo last week says he still feels severe pain and headaches and still unable to walk as a result.

Poddala Jayantha, the Secretary of Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association (SLWJA), was abducted and assaulted by unknown assailants on 01 June.

He is still being treated in Colombo General Hospital.

The journalist has underwent a surgery on his ankle and he says he still feel pain in the right leg that was burnt by the assailants. He still has difficulty in passing urine.

Investigations 'lack progress'

The journalist leader expressed regret that colleagues who informed the incident to authorities are still being questioned by the police.

 The state media continuously talked about my hair and beard before the attack
 
Poddala Jayantha

The police arrested Benet Rupasinghe and Sandaruwan Senadheera of LankaeNews after the incident.

They were later released on bail by the court despite objections by the police.

"This is clearly an attempt to divert the focus of the police investigations," Jayantha told BBC Sandeshaya adding that he personally wrote to police chief urging not to harass those who saved his life. He say the line of inquery at present is diverting attention away from the real culprits.

He categorically rejected allegations that the attack was staged for him to leave the country.

State media behaviour

"Ambassadors from Western countries, told many of us to leave the country long before I was attacked but I never wanted to leave the country," he said.

Jayantha said he reject 'with the contempt it deserves' suggestion that he wanted to get visa to a western country.

"I only left Sri Lanka after Lasantha Wickramathunga was assassinated. But I came back after three weeks," he told bbcsinhala.com.

The journalist union leader says he has a 'genuine suspicion' whether the state media that continuously showed him campaigning against media oppression was part of an organised attempt to victimise him.

His beard and hair shaved and he was severely beaten by the assailants.

"The state media continuously talked about my hair and beard before the attack," he said.

 
 
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