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Last updated: 21 September, 2007 - Published 17:06 GMT
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DIG 'harassed' Pothuvil journalist
FMM spokesman Sunanda Deshapriya meeting President Rajapaksa (library photo)
FMM says the police officials who agreed for the interview has later threatened him
Media watchdogs in Sri Lanka have condemned an alleged harassment of a regional journalist by a senior police officer.

The Free Media Movement (FMM) said Pothuvil correspondent of Lankadeepa and Dailly Mirror, U Wijesinghe was threatened by a Deputy Inspector General (DIG) using abusive language and his camera and tape recorder was forcibly taken away.

Condemning the threat as an 'uncivilised act', the FMM reminded the authorities that journalists have a right to cover public interest issues.

"This behaviour of this DIG is a clear violation of journalists' rights as well as peoples right to know," a statement issued by the FMM said.

Journalist Wijesinghe was harassed by the DIG while covering a police recruitment programme being conducted in the East at Pottuvil police station on 17 September, according to FMM.

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