Editor of TamilNet murdered in Colombo

first_img Receive email alerts News Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News News Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Reporters Without Borders is revolted at the murder of Dharmeratnam Sivaram “Taraki”, editor of the news website TamilNet and Daily Mirror columnist. Four men abducted the well known journalist on 28 April and he was found dead the following morning.Sivaram, 46, had often told friends that he feared for his safety. “My life is in serious danger,” he told Reporters Without Borders in May 2004 after police raided his house and some pro-government media accused him of being a spy for the Tamil Tigers.He was targeted because of uncompromising coverage of the political and military situation, particularly since the emergence of the pro-government Tamil militia headed by Colonel Karuna.Reporters Without Borders said Sri Lanka’s authorities were guilty of failing to combat impunity in past cases of murders of journalists. In several reports, it had shown that the government, headed by Chandrika Kumaratunga, has protected killers of journalists, particularly Tamil militia of the EPDP, elements in the presidential guard and members of Col. Karuna’s Tamil militia.The organisation called on the government to now do everything possible to ensure the killers and those who sent them were identified, arrested and put on trial.”The premeditated murder of one of the most renowned Tamil journalists is a huge loss for Sri Lanka’s press. Through his website that was visited by tens of thousands of people daily, he provided essential news on the situation in the country,” it said.”Whatever one may think of his relations with the Tamil Tigers movement, Sivaram, was a brilliant journalist”, the worldwide press freedom organisation added. Four men travelling in a Pajero abducted Sivaram late in the evening on 28 April as he was leaving a Colombo bar with friends, just a few metres from the Bambalapitya police station. Witnesses said the men were speaking Tamil. His body was found the following morning in the Himbulala district, near the parliament building. Sivaram had been killed by several bullet wounds to the head and he bore the marks of a beating. His wife, Herly Yogaranjini, identified his body which will be taken to his native town of Baticaloa for burial. He had three children aged 10 to 16 years. Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Help by sharing this information to go further Reporters Without Borders said it was “revolted” by the murder on 29 April of Dharmeratnam Sivaram who was found dead in the capital after being abducted there the previous evening. One of the best known Tamil journalists, he knew he was in danger because of his uncompromising coverage of the political and military situation. RSF_en January 13, 2021 Find out more Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Sri LankaAsia – Pacific July 15, 2020 Find out more News Follow the news on Sri Lanka April 29, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor of TamilNet murdered in Colombo Organisation July 29, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

3 Armed Home Invasions on Long Island in 1 Week

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Police on Long Island are investigating three armed home invasions in the past week, the latest of which in Glen Cove ended when the assailants allegedly pistol-whipped a victim, authorities said.Gregory Czaplichi, 18, and 17-year-old Nicholas Bollar, both of Glen Cove, were arrested and charged with burglary after Glen Cove city police said the suspects and two others broke into the victim’s Coles Street home shortly before 10 p.m. Monday.The suspects, who were armed with handguns, demanded money before allegedly assaulting the victim, police said. Detectives, who are continuing the investigation, apprehended the two teens hours later and believe at least one of the suspects knew the victim. The other two remain at large.Suffolk County police are separately investigating two more armed home invasions four days and five miles apart from each other in Wyandanch and North Amityville a week after two similar cases in those areas.In the first case, three men armed with handguns forced their way into a trailer on Horseshoe Court in North Amityville and demanded money from the victim inside at 8:47 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, police said.The suspects fled with cash, a BB gun and an iPhone. The victim suffered a bruised head but refused medical attention.Then at 9 p.m. Friday, May 23, suspects armed with guns forced their way through the front door of a house on State Avenue in Wyandanch, where they stole money before they fled. There were no reported injuries in the second case.No arrests were made or descriptions were available in either of the Suffolk cases. First Squad detectives are continuing the investigation into those incidents.last_img read more