Sivaram killing: 'credibility at stake'
International and Sri Lankan media watchdogs have voiced anger that no progress in investigations into the murder of Tamilnet Editor, Dharmeratnam Sivaram.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Sri Lanka Free Media Movement (FMM) have urged President Mahinda Rajapaksa not to let the murderers go unpunished.
Sivaram was abducted on April 28 last year and his dead body was found in Colombo’s High Security Zone the next morning.
“The arrest of a suspect in June 2005 raised hopes that the case would soon be solved, but the investigators have done virtually nothing since his arrest,” a statement issued by the organisations said.
"The current serious crisis in Sri Lanka - the result of unacceptable terrorism - in no way justifies the impunity prevailing in the murders of journalists and human rights activists.”
The RSF, IFJ and FMM have warned that the state’s credibility is at stake if the government does not take steps to punish the culprits and prevent such incidents in future.
a strong supporter of Tamil nationalism, Sivaram was outspoken critic against abuses by the security forces and paramilitaries.
“Sivaram's relatives and friends say the instigators and perpetrators could be linked to Tamil paramilitary groups,” the watchdogs said.
The watchdogs have urged the authorities to ensure the safety of all journalists working in Sri Lanka.
"As long as journalists are forced to work in fear there can be no press freedom.”