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UN falters over Sri Lanka journalist’s disappearance

journalist's wife and son at UN, colombo

TamilNet
Adding further fuel to the accusation that the United Nations under the current leadership has failed to take effective action on Sri Lanka’s war, the UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky said Tuesday that UN’s New York offices did not receiv a petition on disappeared journalist Prageeth Eknelygoda, thereby contradicting UN’s Colombo office which said two weeks earlier that Colombo UN Resident Coordinator Neil Buhne received the petition from the journalist’s wife and that the petition is being forwarded to Secretary General’s office, the Innter City Press reported in its website.

“The UN of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is accused of not doing enough for press freedom, by the Committee to Protect Journalists and others. On February 15, CPJ’s Bob Dietz told the Press that the UN has done “nothing” on the case of Lanka e-News journalist Prageeth Eknelygoda, whose wife has petitioned for Ban’s involvement through the UN in Sri Lanka,” ICP said in the report.
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