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For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

Black January media protest: Police harassments continue

‘Black January’ shifted to Lipton Circus
The Black January protest is to be held at the Lipton Circus at 3.00 pm today (Jan. 25), reports say.
The demonstration was earlier scheduled to be held at 2.00 pm at the Fort Railway Station compound.

Speaking to ‘Srilankamirror’ on behalf of the Sri Lanka’s Alliance of Media Organizations, convener of the FMM, Sunil Jayasekara confirmed the report.

He added that the time and the venue were changed due to security reasons.

Earlier today, Fort Magistrate Kanishka Wijeratne ruled that the ‘Black January’ protest demonstration could be held under three conditions.

The magistrate made the above ruling after taking up a petition filed by the Fort Police, which claimed that the protest demonstration would disturb public peace.

The order states that the protest campaign should be limited within the Fort Railway Station compound, and not on the roads.

The magistrate had further ordered the demonstrators to refrain from going on a march.

Organised by Sri Lanka’s Alliance of Media Organizations, the Black January demonstration is a mark of protest against the government’s suppression of the media.

The event is named as Black January in view of the media attacks in the months of January in the past three years – including the killing of Lasantha Wickramatunga, attack on Sirasa Media Network and the disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda.

Srilankamirror

‘Black January’ protest to be held under 03 conditions

Fort Magistrate Kanishka Wijeratne today (Jan. 25) ruled that the ‘Black January’ protest demonstration could be held under three conditions.

The magistrate has made the above ruling after taking up a petition filed by the Fort Police, who claimed that the protest demonstration would disturb public peace.

The order states that the protest campaign should be limited within the Fort Railway Station compound, and not on the roads.

The magistrate had further ordered the demonstrators to refrain from going on a march.

Organised by Sri Lanka’s Alliance of Media Organizations, the Black January demonstration is a mark of protest against the government’s suppression of the media.

The event will be held at 2.00 pm today.

The event is named as Black January in view of the media attacks in the months of January in the past three years – including the killing of Lasantha Wickramatunga, attack on Sirasa Media Network and the disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda.
Srilankamirror

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