Attack on journalists deplored
The Free Media Movement has condemned the assault on the Sunday Leader journalist Ranee Mohamed and photographer Berty Mendis when they visited the residence of Lt.Col.T. Meedin who was killed last Sunday.

FMM has constantly appealed to all political and other power groups, such as the military, not to harass journalists in any way. Such harassment is an attack on the freedom of expression as well as the journalists’ human rights.
FMM requests that both the Inspector General of Police and the military authorities initiate an immediate impartial inquiry into the assault and bring the suspects to book, according to a FMM statement issued this week.

Meanwhile, Brigadier Fardyle Meedin, brother of the assassinated Army officer, denied there was any assault of the two journalists. "I only took exception to their recording my conversation. I would have expected them to have first sought my permission, which is nothing but ethical for the media. This was not done and I had to ask them to withdraw." He said he had explained his position in a statement to the Peliyagoda Police.

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