20 year Jail term for Sri Lankan editor
That's the way autocracy works, you raise the voice and you are behind bars.That is what happening in Sri Lanka. After the killing of Prabhakaran, several so called pro Tamil journalist are facing direct or indirect threat from the administration.
JS case is live example of what is going on in Srialnka. Freedom of speech is ok if you are pro government but if not then you don't have right to speak, even then if you will speak, you will be behind bars for 20 years.
The high court in Sri Lanka has sentenced a prominent Tamil journalist to 20 years in prison after convicting him under anti-terrorism laws.
JS Tissainayagam was found guilty of "causing communal disharmony".
Mr Tissainayagam was arrested in 2008 and charged with inciting violence in articles in his magazine, the North Eastern Monthly, which is now closed. He was also accused of receiving funds from the Tamil Tigers rebels. He denied supporting violence. Mr Tissainayagam's lawyer says he will appeal.
Mr Tissainayagam was found guilty of causing "racial hatred" and "supporting terrorism", a court official said. The court found that he had received money from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to fund his website, the official said.
The case has received widespread attention in Sri Lanka. International rights group have been campaigning for his release - they say Sri Lanka is using anti-terror laws to silence peaceful critics.Campaign groups say the country is fast becoming one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists.
Last week it described an exiled group, Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka, as a "front" for the Tigers after it circulated a video which it said showed army soldiers killing unarmed Tamils.
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