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Journalist J.S. Tissainayagam has flown to the United States and arrived at Washington’s Dulles International Airport last morning, the Committee to Protect Journalist said. Tissainayagam had been released on bail in January and had lived in seclusion in Sri Lanka since.

According to CPJ representative Kamel Labidi, who was on hand to meet Tissa in the US, “He was all smiles, and said to thank everyone who helped him gain his freedom.”

“Tissainayagam’s arrival in the United States is very welcome news, and we join in the joy that he and his wife Ronnate are feeling,” said Joel Simon, CPJ’s executive director. “We hope his arrival in the U.S. is a step by the government to address its harsh policies toward the media—policies that have not changed since the end of Sri Lanka’s more than 30 years of civil conflict.”

On May 3, World Press Freedom Day, the government announced that it would grant Tissainayagam a presidential pardon. Tissainayagam had been released on bail in January and had lived in seclusion in Sri Lanka since. The Tamil editor was first jailed in March 2008 and eventually indicted under the Prevention of Terrorism Act in August 2008. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Sunday, 20 June 2010 01:58 PM

    This country belongs to rogues. Good that you left the island.Now you and your family are safe.

    Sunday, 20 June 2010 02:08 PM

    What about Karuna, Dougla Devananda, Pillayan etc etc

    Sunday, 20 June 2010 02:13 PM

    Thisanayagam is my grate friend. Grate son of my nation. My Island is fading

    Sunday, 20 June 2010 03:36 PM

    Now you are in safe hands !.

    Monday, 21 June 2010 04:25 PM

    All the best for your future! Try not to let bitterness takeover your heart.

    Sunday, 20 June 2010 11:18 PM

    Nice ploy to get asylum status and eventually green card. Tamils perfected this sob-story method. Congrats. We don't need you here.

    Sunday, 20 June 2010 06:40 AM

    Welcome to freedom, Tissa and Ronnate. Have a happy and peaceful life.

    Sunday, 20 June 2010 07:29 AM

    how can grant of presidential pardon be regarded as being a positive attitude towards preservation of media freedom. though he is granted pardon, he still is a criminal since his character still remain blemished due to the fact that he hasn't been purged by SL law court of crime of which he had been convicted. so this freedom is no more than a white elephant.

    Sunday, 20 June 2010 08:09 AM

    Well Come Mr.Tissainayagam to the Free World. You can fly from now on.

    Sunday, 20 June 2010 09:05 AM

    So very happy Tissa.
    Continue your journalism from US

    Sunday, 20 June 2010 12:33 PM

    Tissa, please don't go back to your own country until there is law and order.

    Sunday, 20 June 2010 12:35 PM

    Escape from the Island of Paradise

    Sunday, 20 June 2010 01:32 PM

    Gone back to his white masters.............


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