For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Sat, Jul 31, 2010, 12:12 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
July 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s main opposition United National Party (UNP) has condemned the attack on the private TV station Siyatha in Colombo today.
UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake in a statement condemned the attack and said it could not be considered a coincidence as the group of men managed to enter the Siyatha TV premises located in the heart of Colombo without any obstructions.
He has further noted that it was not a coincidence that the group of men after threatening and attacking the employees, were be able to pinpoint the important areas in the building and set them on fire using petrol bombs.
Attanayake has also noted that over the past years journalists and media institutions have come under repeated attacks and some have even been kidnapped and murdered.
The Siyatha TV office came under attack in the early hours of Friday when a group of unidentified men stormed the office, assaulted its employees, and set fire to the premises. Two employees sustained serious injuries during the attack.