CID grills journalist Uduwaragedara

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The CID recorded a statement from journalist Tharindu Uduwaragedara for about four hours yesterday (28) in connection with videos posted on his YouTube channel.

The CID had informed Uduwaragedara to appear before the CID at 9:00 a.m. 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.

The Sri Lanka Young Journalists’ Association (SLYJA), which condemned summoning Uduwaragedara, said 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. According to the CID, the titles of the videos of Uduwaragedara’s YouTube channel are irrelevant to their contents, the SLYJA said.

About a dozen people were seen supporting Uduwaragedara near CID premises. They held placards with slogans such as ‘Journalism is not a crime’ and ‘Protect freedom of speech.’ Uduwaragedara was accompanied by Attorney-at-Law Prabodha Rathnayake.

Attorney-at-Law Migara Doss, speaking to the Media, said citizens have every right to criticise the conduct of a government.

Uduwaragedara said, he will not be deterred by these summons and will continue his work.

The Free Media Movement (FMM) also urged the authorities not to hound journalists. The FMM said, the CID was not established to teach journalists how to write headlines, but to solve serious crimes in the country.

(Pic: Shalika Wimalasena/Facebook)

By Methmalie Dissanayake