For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
( photo: Leading pro democracy lawyer Waliamuna is a main target of threats )
The United States Embassy in Sri Lanka says it is disturbed by the series of threats and attacks against legal defenders, civil society organizations and activists who have spoken out on recent events.
The Embassy says the right to express opinions freely is universal and one that is protected under Sri Lankan law.
“We urge the Government of Sri Lanka protect this fundamental right and ensure that all citizens are able to express their opinions without fear of retribution,” the Embassy said in a statement.
Earlier today the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) said it had been informed of a disinformation campaign against a Senior Researcher of the organisation and unequivocally condemns the generation and dissemination of this false and misleading information.
CPA said the campaign, currently active over various online fora including blogs, Facebook and Twitter as well as via email, is without any merit and has no basis in fact whatsoever.
“Such attempts to vilify the institution and its staff are not new. In pursuing its organisational mandate within a charged context, CPA is likely to face repeated attempts to broadcast spurious allegations,” CPA said in a statement.
“We strongly urge restraint and caution in engaging with baseless rumours and the spread of disinformation”. (Colombo Gazette)