Amnesty International: Free Sri Lankan Journalist J.S. Tissainayagam

Amnesty:

Call on the Sri Lankan government to release J.S. Tissainayagam immediately and unconditionally.

J.S. Tissainayagam, a Sri Lankan journalist, was arbitrarily detained by the police in Colombo on March 7 and subsequently indicted five months later under the Prevention of Terrorism Act for two articles written by him in a monthly magazine in 2006. He remains in detention while his trial is continuing. He suffers from an eye condition and could go blind if he does not receive specialist medical treatment. Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely in connection with his journalistic activities. Call on the Sri Lankan government to release him immediately and unconditionally. Ask the Sri Lankan government to amend existing legislation so that it is not misused to arbitrarily restrict freedom of expression.

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By: on 19 May 2009