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Media protest in Galle ( Literary Festival)

Sri Lankan media rights activists participated in a protest in Galle on Saturday and distributed leaflets highlighting media suppression and human rights situation in Sri Lanka. The protest was held near the venue of the annual Galle Literary Festival where international authors are attending.

The organisers said that the objective of the leaflet campaign was to draw international attention to media freedom and harassment to journalists.

Writer and activist, Sunila Abeysekera who is attending the literary festival said that the Sri Lanka journalists also should have the opportunity to experience the freedom enjoyed by the participants.

She said members of media organisations are trying to draw international attention through the participating authors and writers at the festival where Sri Lankan elite also attending.

“The so called elite must know about the burning issues in the counry,”she said.

Several international authors said that they expected a better place for journalists after the war.

They said that there should be an environment where journalist can live without fear and write freely.

BBC sinhala

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