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* Media protest staged in Sri Lanka
Mon, Aug 3, 2009, 07:34 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 03, Colombo: A group of a journalists in Sri Lanka today staged a silent protest campaign in front of the Gangodawila Magistrate Courts against the attacks carried out on media freedom.

The sources said the protest campaign was held when the two editors of Lanka E news appeared in the Court over the kidnapping incident of Poddala Jayantha, a main union leader in media, several months ago.

Reportedly Bennet Rupasingha and Sandaruwan Senadheera appeared in the Court this morning.

The journalists have been charged on the suspicion that they are complicit in the kidnapping as they have informed the Inspector General of Police of the kidnapping incident of Poddala Jayantha while it was happening.

Poddala Jayantha, the secretary of Sri Lanka Working Journalists' Association, was kidnapped by a gang, beaten him severely, cut his hair and beard and left him by the roadside in June.

The protesters demanded the government to arrest the suspects of the kidnapping and release the two journalists immediately.

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