Military threatens Reuters journalist
The military in Sri Lanka are accused of threatening a local journalist in the eastern town of Trincomalee.
Reuters and Sirasa media network reporter George David was threatened by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) as he asked the soldiers to wait while his daughters get ready for the school before a routine search.
Trincomalee Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Nimal Samarakoon was informed of the incident by the journalist
?You are suspicious. We have powers; we can do anything,? an SLA official with a foot patrol team was reported to have said.
The journalist was informed by the SLA team that they were to come back in a vehicle to arrest him.
Police in Trincomalee have found claymore bombs nearby but it was the SLA that carried out search operations, residents said.
Residents expressed concern that no police personnel were involved in the search operation.
Sirasa and Reuter Trinco reporter threatened by Army
(LeN- Nov. 03, 7.00 pm) Military personal that arrived at the residence of Sirasa and Reuter reporter of Trincomalee Mr. Joseph this morning had threatened him with arrest after searching it.
Mr. George has allowed the members of the army to search his house though there was no general search in the area. He has not allowed the army personal to search one up stair room as his daughter was changing. He has allowed them to check the said room later.
The forces personnel who lost their temper over this threatened him with arrest and have told him that he is under suspicion and they would return again.
A spokes person of the Free Media Movement said that they denounce threatening of this nature at journalists and security forces too should act with more responsibility.