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With reference to the attack on the office of the Lanakenews website, the United Nations said that freedom of the media is vital and journalists should be able to carry out their work without fear of attack.

Spokesperson for the Secretary-General Martin Nesirky said …freedom of the media is vital and journalists should be able to carry out their work without fear of attack or being harassed to do the work that they need to do.”

The Lankaenews office in Malabe was set on fire last morning by a group of unidentified men. The incident took place at 1.30 a.m. The entire office was gutted when the police arrived.

Police media spokesman Prishantha Jayakody said that Inspector General of Police Mahinda Balasuriya had appointed a team led by DIG to probe the matter.

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  • Roshan Tuesday, 01 February 2011 10:57 AM

    Do we have democracy here ?

    Ibnu Batuta Tuesday, 01 February 2011 05:59 AM

    Democracy cannot survive without a free media. If Sri Lanka wants boast itself as a true democratic country it should allow media to function without fear, threats and intimidations.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 01 February 2011 11:14 AM

    The UN is "playing violin to deaf elephants"

    Cobra Tuesday, 01 February 2011 11:17 AM

    No. We have a Demon o'crazy over here!!!!!

    Diyasena Tuesday, 01 February 2011 06:19 AM

    Hey! Please release the restrictions to WikiLeaks from western countries if u r soo much concern about media FREEDOM . LOL!!!!!!

    Fairose Tuesday, 01 February 2011 06:43 AM

    For those who thinks on narrow angle freedom of speech is not so important until that effects him/her.

    malkanthi Tuesday, 01 February 2011 07:00 AM

    Increasing lawlessness and suppression of freedom would create an Egyptians situation in time to come!

    zorro Tuesday, 01 February 2011 02:40 PM

    What is happening in Egypt or happened in Tunisia would never happen in Sri Lanka, because the Sri Lankans are dump, lazy and opportunistic.

    JD Tuesday, 01 February 2011 03:46 AM

    Ha... Ha.... Media Freedom is only a Dream in SL ..................!

    Ryan Tuesday, 01 February 2011 09:19 AM

    Yous said our country would be Zimbabwe 3 years back.

    Bluff Bluff Tuesday, 01 February 2011 09:35 AM

    We have it sir!

    Fayad Tuesday, 01 February 2011 04:27 AM

    UN, media freedom is vital but not only for sri lanka !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Nihal Amarasekera Tuesday, 01 February 2011 04:35 AM

    Including for Wikileaks.

    Dinesh Tuesday, 01 February 2011 05:28 AM

    Why bothered about other countries first think about our own country.


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