For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
by Basil Fernando
Five hundred days after the disappearance of journalist and cartoonist, Prageeth Eknaligoda, the family and friends of Prageeth as well as media organizations and human rights organizations took to the streets to demand for inquiries into his disappearance. A serious transformation has taken place in the criminal justice system of Sri Lanka.
Under the present system the obligation for the government to investigate all suspected crimes does no longer exists. The people of Sri Lanka do not have any legal protection against crimes. The result is a very fortunate situation for the criminals and a very ghastly one for the people. In this short video presentation Basil Fernando discusses this important and dangerous transformation and calls on all to demand a deep reorganization of the criminal justice system of Sri Lanka.