The Free Media Movement (FMM) Sri Lanka condemned assaults by goons on journalists, who provide ‘situation reports’ at filling stations.
The FMM said two provincial correspondents had been assaulted within a space of 48 hours.
“Kurunegala provincial correspondent Ashoka Chandrasekara was assaulted yesterday (23) when he was reporting from a Ceypetco filling station in Minuwangate. On 21 May, Trincomalee provincial correspondent N.M.N. Buhari was assaulted at a Ceypetco station in Muttur. His mobile phone had been snatched as well by the goons,” the FMM said.
“This trend of assaulting journalists who report the ground situation is extremely dangerous for Media freedom. If the journalists who report from filling stations are attacked by goons, there is strong suspicion that fraudulent activities are taking place at fuel stations. The authorities concerned should immediately look into this inquiringly,” the statement said.
“We have also requested IGP Chandana Wickramaratne to arrest the goons who had assaulted and snatched mobile phones of these two journalists,” the association said.