Young Journalists urge HRCSL to protect rights of Uduwaragedara

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The Sri Lanka Young Journalists’ Association (SLYJA), in a letter to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL), requested protection for the Fundamental Rights of journalist Tharindu Uduwaragedara, who had been summoned to the CID over his YouTube videos.

The CID had informed Uduwaragedara to appear before the CID on 28 June to record a statement over ongoing investigations into his YouTube videos, based on a complaint made by Sri Lanka Air Force Intelligence.

“When Uduwaragedara queried why he was summoned before the CID, he had been informed an investigation is underway into videos posted on his YouTube channel. The CID had told the journalist the investigation is based on a complaint of Air Force Intelligence. According to the CID, the titles of the videos of Uduwaragedara’s YouTube channel are irrelevant to their contents,” the SLYJA said.

Uduwaragedara, who is an award-winning journalist, has worked at prominent alternative newspapers in Sri Lanka. He is also a past President of the SLYJA. “Summoning him over the videos of his YouTube channel is a serious violation of his Fundamental Rights and Media freedom. It seems that both the complainer and the CID are trying to silence him and violate his freedom of expression,” the SLYJA stressed.

“Therefore, we request the HRCSL to intervene in this matter and take steps to protect the rights of Uduwaragedara,” the Association said.