For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Thursday, 06 May 2010
Senior Daily Mirror journalist Sandun A. Jayasekera was yesterday assaulted by some officers of the Presidential Security Division (PSD) in military uniform when he was covering an event attended by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Maharagama Cancer Hospital.
According to Mr. Jayasekara the security officers had not allowed him to enter the premises to cover the event despite receiving an official invitation by the president’s media unit. Mr. Jayasekara had produced his media accreditation card to the security officers but they had scolded him in filth.
However later some other officers of the PSD who had recognized Mr. Jayasekera had invited him to come inside to cover the event.
Later when Mr. Jayasekara was leaving the premises the soldiers who had earlier prevented him from entering the premises surrounded him up and assaulted him seemingly embarrassed that he was allowed to go inside despite the soldiers not giving him permission to do so.
Mr. Jayasekara was admitted to the Colombo National hospital.
A PSD officer who contacted Daily Mirror said Mr. Jayasekara was assaulted after he had violently confronted a PSD officer. Mr. Jayasekara however denied these allegations.