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The United Nations yesterday expressed concern over the raid on the offices of the Lanka Mirror and Lanka X news websites and on the arrest of nine employees.

UN Secretary General’s spokesman Martin Nesirky told a news conference that the UN was aware that such a raid had taken place.

“And as we’ve said in many other cases, not just with regard to this country, journalists need to be able to do their work without interference.  And that’s the general principle and it applies in this case, too,” he said.

The European Union and the US denounced the attack on the media and said journalists must be able to carry out their legitimate work without fear of harassment or intimidation
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  • Sam Tuesday, 03 July 2012 04:27 PM

    The govt is willingly or unwillingly giving publicity to these websites. I only heard of Lankaenews after a similar incidence.

    MI Tuesday, 03 July 2012 05:17 PM

    HAMMER

    CHANDRAPALA Tuesday, 03 July 2012 06:58 AM

    Only thing the UN can do is expressing its concern. Why do we need such an organization if they cant get tough action against the responsible countries.

    Dadoriya Tuesday, 03 July 2012 07:17 AM

    The writing is on the wall for the next session of the UNHRC.

    Imran Hussein Tuesday, 03 July 2012 07:13 AM

    UN should issue a stern warning. Trying the intimidate anyone oppose them. There is no media freedom.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 03 July 2012 07:52 AM

    Are the authorities unwittingly contributing to the already bismirched dossier against Sri Lanka at the next UNHRC hearings.

    CW Tuesday, 03 July 2012 08:39 AM

    What about if the said websites are tarnishing image of SL by publishing lies?

    idiot Tuesday, 03 July 2012 08:49 AM

    What you dad did when you were naughty. Did he use a stick?

    fact u fact u Tuesday, 03 July 2012 10:12 AM

    I even didn`t know that there was a web site namely Lanka Mirror. after the raid only I started to visit that website.

    Thomas Tuesday, 03 July 2012 11:05 AM

    Mind you, now you are addressing a future Super Power, so what can you do.?


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