For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Thursday, 06 May 2010
By Sumaiya Rizvi
Journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda’s abduction was due to a series of articles he wrote for a Newspaper called ‘Kolamba’ (Colombo) when the Presidential election was announced, wife of the missing journalist Sandhya Ekneligoda said yesterday.
“Those articles were controversial and were a direct analysis of the Presidential candidates,” Mrs. Ekneligoda said. According to her the newspaper was specially launched for the Presidential election.
Mrs. Ekneligoda said she wanted to meet with President to appeal for an effective Police investigation.
However, since Keheliya Rambukwella is the newly appointed Media Minister she hopes he would look into this. Mr. Ekneligoda was earlier abducted and released before he went missing for the second time.
Mrs. Ekneligoda said her husband had told his first abductors were highly organized and had used modern methods like loud noise and bright lights to interrogate him.
The abductors had sophisticated new weapons that they used, she said.