June 07, Negombo: For the second time an investigative journalism workshop conducted for Tamil journalists by Transparency International Sri Lanka was forced to cancel due to protests.
Protesters gathered outside the Goldi Sands Hotel in Negombo where the training for Tamil journalists on investigative journalism was held today.
The police have advised the participants to cancel the workshop and disperse before the incident escalated, local media sources said.
It is the second time an investigative journalism training workshop organized by Transparency International for Tamil speaking journalists was forced to cancel.
On May 22, the Sri Lankan Army forced Transparency International Sri Lanka to cancel a media workshop focused on covering corruption.
The three-day workshop for 25 Tamil journalists at Giritale, in Polonnaruwa was cancelled on the first day after threats were made against the hotel owner.
Earlier this year, a two-day training course for Tamil journalists organized by Search for Common Ground in the same district was abandoned in January after a group of Buddhist monks interrupted the proceedings, the International Federation of Journalists said.
The IFJ in a recent release said the instances of threat and intimidation against journalists by Sri Lanka's security forces has steadily increased in recent times.
The organization along with its Sri Lankan affiliate the Free Media Movement (FMM) jointly called on the government to act immediately to "stop such activities and allow media to report freely."