For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
South Asia Media Solidarity Network and the IFJ continue to monitor the progress of the Sri Lankan Government’s promised full and unconditional presidential pardon for journalist J.S. Tissainayagam.
SAMSN members and the IFJ eagerly awaited Tissainayagam’s release after a May 3 press conference in which Sri Lanka’s Minister for External Affairs, G.L. Peiris, reported that President Mahinda Rajapaksa would pardon the journalist. Tissainayagam was sentenced last year to 20 years’ jail on charges of alleged terrorism-related activities. On May 11, Attorney-General Mohan Peiris said the pardon would be granted swiftly on the condition that Tissainayagam’s appeal against his conviction and sentence was simultaneously withdrawn.