US condemns attack on Sri Lankan journalist

Aug 03, Colombo: The United States Wednesday strongly condemned the recent attack in Jaffna on a Sri Lankan journalist and urged the Sri Lankan government to conduct a thorough investigation to apprehend the culprits.

A press statement issued by the US Embassy in Colombo said the United States strongly condemns violence against members of the press and is deeply concerned about the recent assault on Gnanasunduram Kuganathan, news editor of Uthayan Tamil daily in Jaffna.

The attack left him in a critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit of Jaffna Hospital.

“Violence against journalists silences voices, threatens freedom of expression, impairs reconciliation, and undermines democracy,” the statement said.

“We note media reports that the IGP has passed his initial report on the attack to President Rajapaksa, and urge that a thorough investigation be conducted and that the perpetrators be brought to justice” the statement further said.

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