Media groups call for release of arrested Lanka editor

Media rights groups on Friday demanded the release of an editor of a news website, that is critical of the government, a day after he was remanded to police custody for a week.

Last Updated: Apr 02, 2011, 00:39 AM IST

Colombo: Media rights groups on Friday
demanded the release of an editor of a news website, that is
critical of the government, a day after he was remanded to
police custody for a week.

In a joint statement, five media rights groups here
urged immediate action, seeking the release of Bennet
Rupasinghe, and raised doubts over the police action.

"We have serious doubts about the police
investigations on the case", Sunil Jayasekera, the spokesman
said.

"However we trust the judicial system. So we hope for
justice," Jayasekera who represents the Free Media Movement,
Working Journalists` Association, Federation of Media
Employees` Trade Union, Sri Lanka Muslim Media Forum and Sri
Lanka Tamil Media Alliance said.

Rupasinghe, the editor of the anti-government
`Lankaenews` website, was remanded till April 7 after he was
asked to appear in a police station to record a statement.

He was accused of threatening the brother of a
suspect, now held in connection with the arson attack on the
website`s offices.

The local media reaction came as the New York-based
Committee to Protect Journalists asked diplomatic pressure to
brought on Colombo to free Rupasinghe.

PTI