For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Daily Mirror Matara correspondent Krishan Jeewaka Jayaruk had allegedly been threatened by a UPFA Member of the Southern Provincial Council, Aruna Gunaratne, yesterday (1).
He had received a threatening phone call from Mr. Gunaratne on his mobile 077-3679348 telling him that he would be killed if a news story regarding the provincial council member was published. Mr. Gunaratne had inquired from Krishan as to why he did not speak to him about the matter before filing the story. Our correspondent had lodged a complaint regarding the death threat with the Matara police. The reference number of the complaint filed is MCR 4006 /11. He had also recorded the conversation he had with the provincial council member for his own safety.
Mr. Gunaratne has since denied that he threatened DM correspondent, Krishan Jayaruk.