Media freedom facing pressure: US

The American Embassy in Colombo says media freedom in Sri Lanka continues to face pressure throught the country.

Chris Elms, the Press and Information Officer of the U.S. Embassy for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, says the U.S will continue to push for the protection of journalists and the right of all citizens to freely express their opinions.

Elms said this in a video posted on the YouTube page of the U.S Embassy which highlights the U.S. Embassy’s perspective on press freedom in Sri Lanka and the Maldives and the exchange programs and social media training programs organized by the U.S. Embassy.

Elms noted in the video that the U.S State Department’s free the press campaign highlighted the disappearance of Eknaligoda.

Eknaligoda was reported missing on January 24, 2010, two days before the presidential polls.

He actively participated in the presidential campaign of common opposition candidate Sarath Fonseka while working as a freelance journalist for a pro-opposition website.

Members of his family believe he has been abducted by pro-government supporters, a charge that was denied by the government. (Colombo Gazette)