Presidential pardon for Tamil journalist on World Press Freedom Day

first_imgThe press freedom organisation added: “This is very political decision, coming just a few weeks ahead of presidential elections. It should have been taken within a few weeks of his arrest. Either way, his release on bail confirms that he was convicted on terrorism charge for which there was absolutely no evidence.” “This is very good news,” his lawyer, M.A. Sumanthiran, told today to Reporters Without Borders. “He left prison with his moral strengthened. And as we have good grounds for the appeal, I am fairly optimistic.” Arrested in March 2008 and convicted in August 2009, Tissainayagam spent a total of 21 months in detention, the first few weeks of which were particularly tough. “Tissainayagam’s release is a source of great joy for the many people who worked to prove his innocence,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But this is just the first step. This renowned Tamil journalist must be fully cleared and allowed to resume a normal life.” Organisation In October, Tissainayagam became the first person to be awarded the Peter Mackler Prize for journalistic courage and integrity. The prize commemorates veteran Agence France-Presse reporter and editor Peter Mackler, who died last year. Tissainayagam’s detention was condemned by many foreign governments and leaders including US President Barack Obama, who referred to him as persecuted journalist on 3 May. A Reporters Without Borders representative discussed the Tissainayagam case at a meeting with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in October 2008. Two other people who were arrested in the same case, S. Jaseeharan, a printer, and his partner, Vallarmathy, were released recently and sought refuge abroad. Sri LankaAsia – Pacific No serious evidence was ever produced to support the terrorism charge against Tissainayagam, who was arrested for criticising the army’s strategy in its war against the Tamil Tiger rebels and for launching a website called Reporters Without Borders welcomes the presidential pardon for Tamil journalist J.S. Tissainayagam that was issued today to coincide with World Press Freedom Day. A columnist for the local Sunday Times newspaper and editor of the Outreachsl website, Tissainayagam was freed on bail in January pending an appeal against a 20-year jail sentence on charges of supporting terrorism and inciting racial hatred. Last October, while still in prison, he was awarded first prize in the Peter Mackler Award for journalistic courage and integrityReporters Without Borders urges President Mahinda Rajapakse to ensure that Tissainayagam will now be able to lead a normal life and, in particular, that he will be able to move freely and resume working as a journalist.________________________________________________________13 January 2010Tamil journalist’s release on bail hailed as first step towards acquittalReporters Without Borders welcomes Tamil journalist J. S. Tissainayagam’s release on bail today pending the outcome of his appeal against a 20-year jail sentence on a trumped-up charge of supporting terrorism. His release was ordered by a Colombo appeal court two days ago. Videos about J. S. Tissainayagam: News A member of his family described his release to Reporters Without Borders as “a ray of sunlight” but added that there was “still a lot of work to do” and that it was not yet time for celebrating. News News The preceding release about J. S. Tissainayagam: Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Receive email alerts to go further Follow the news on Sri Lanka May 3, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Presidential pardon for Tamil journalist on World Press Freedom Day Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists RSF_en July 29, 2020 Find out more Tissainayagam’s lawyer confirmed that his client had to pay 500 US dollars in bail and surrender his passport after the Colombo appeal court ruled on 11 January that he should be released provisionally. January 13, 2021 Find out more News July 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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