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A Statement by the Rt Revd Duleep de Chickera, Bishop of Colombo
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May 24, 2008

[The Church of Ceylon (E-P) - Ceylon] The recent abduction and assault of The Nation newspaper's Associate Editor and defence columnist Keith Noyahr is yet another deliberate and vicious attempt to intimidate the media and must be condemned outright. This act of violence is by implication a serious infringement on the right of investigative reporting and the right of the people to the truth .

The Government's condemnation of the incident is welcome but not enough. It has the services of an alert intelligence system and can name and bring the perpetrators, especially the hidden ones, to book. Failure to do so will signal indifference, condoning of the act or, at the worst, connivance, all of which are totally unacceptable.

I urge the President to take a personal interest in this incident and ensure that the IGP acts promptly and impartially. Such a course of action will no doubt demonstrate our commitment to safeguard media freedom and the rights of all citizens of this country

With Peace and Blessings.

The Rt Revd Duleep de Chickera
Bishop of Colombo
24th May 2008