Apr 19, Colombo: The international media watch dog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in a statement has condemned an alleged attack on a freelance Tamil media journalist in the northern city of Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
According to the RSF, the 29-year old freelance Tamil journalist Sivagnanam Selvatheepan was attacked by unidentified men wearing helmets in Jaffna on April 14.
Selvatheepan who has been contributing to Tamil national media outlets in Colombo was on his way home when he was attacked with iron rods by two unknown men on a motorbike near Puraporukki in Vadamaradchchi on the Sinhala Tamil New Year day night, the media watchdog said.
Badly injured Selvatheepan has been admitted to the Jaffna base hospital and a complaint has also been lodged with the Kopay police.
The Paris-based NGO said Sri Lanka’s Tamil Journalists' Association has vehemently condemned the attack on Selvatheepan and urged the state authorities to launch an impartial investigation into the attack and end the prevailing culture of impunity on the attacks on journalists and media workers.