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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 104

Sri Lanka: Two killed in attack on Tamil newspaper office

[b]Sri Lanka: Two killed in attack on Tamil newspaper office[/b]

An armed attack on the offices of the Tamil-language newspaper Uthayan in northern Sri Lanka on May 2 has left two people dead and another two seriously injured. The assault is the latest in a series of calculated provocations aimed at further heightening communal tensions, as the island slides towards renewed civil war between the military and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The attack on the pro-LTTE newspaper in Jaffna town came in the midst of three days of events organised by Colombo government to mark UNESCO’s world press freedom day. The killings underscore the degree to which basic democratic rights, including those of the media, are being systematically undermined under President Mahinda Rajapakse. Over the last week, the police and military have detained hundreds of Tamils in Colombo and other areas alleged to be "terrorist suspects".

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