Soldiers attack journalists covering environmental protests

first_img July 29, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Sri LankaAsia – Pacific August 5, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Soldiers attack journalists covering environmental protests News Follow the news on Sri Lanka July 15, 2020 Find out more Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Help by sharing this information January 13, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Reporters Without Borders condemns the army’s use of violence on 1 August against journalists covering demonstrations by residents of the western town of Weliweriya to call for the closure of a factory accused of polluting local water supplies.After six days of growing protests, army personnel used force to disperse the demonstrators.“We are very disturbed by the repeated use of violence against journalists in Sri Lanka,” Reporters Without Borders said. “At best, the police take no action when journalists report that they have been the targets of violence. At worst, the army itself, equipped with lethal weapons, organizes and executes these attacks, as it did in Weliweriya.”Reporters Without Borders added: “These unacceptable incidents show that, although the civil war is now over in Sri Lanka, violence by the armed forces is still far from being brought to an end and that freedom of information is still in great danger.”Many journalists who had gone to Weliweriya to cover the protests and their dispersal were threatened and roughed up by soldiers and were prevented from covering what was taking place in the town. Cameras were also damaged.The Free Media Movement, a Sri Lankan group that defends freedom of information, reported in a release on 2 August that the army carried out a coordinated operation to break up the protests and that, in the course of these operations, soldiers harassed, threatened and attacked reporters.Soldiers assaulted a photographer with the Sinhalese and Tamil-language newspaper Ada after forcing him get down from the rooftop in the Weliweriya district of Orutota from which he had taking photos. Soldiers forcibly evicted other reporters from their various vantage points and shut them in a building to prevent them covering the protests.The Weliweriya incidents came less than a month after Kunala Dileep, a journalist with the Tamil-language daily Uthayan, was attacked in the northern city of Jaffna as he was leaving the newspaper to go home by motorcycle on 10 July. Several individuals in a tricar deliberately drove into his motorcycle and then fled. Dileep was hospitalized with arm and leg injuries, which fortunately were not life threatening.Ranked 162nd out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Sri Lanka is ruled by the Rajapaksa family, who are on the 2013 Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of Press Freedom.” Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists News Photo : Ishara S.KODIKARA / AFP News Receive email alerts Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge to go furtherlast_img read more

David Crosby Announces New Album With Snarky Puppy Members, Shares First Single [Listen]

first_imgDavid Crosby, founding member of Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Byrds, has officially announced his newest studio album, Here If You Listen, due out on October 26th via BMG. The album is in collaboration with Snarky Puppy’s Michael League, Becca Stevens, and Michelle Willis, who will also all join him on tour this fall as the Lighthouse Band. The Lighthouse Band also recorded and toured with Crosby for his 2016 album, Lighthouse.“If leaving a group like Crosby, Stills & Nash was like jumping off a cliff, then finding the Lighthouse Band was like growing wings halfway down,” Crosby said in a statement. “These three people are so startlingly talented, I literally couldn’t resist making this album with them.”According to the press release, Here If You Listen is a “purposeful departure from [2016’s] Lighthouse…It emerges as a highly collaborative effort, with all four artists trading off lead vocals and bringing their distinct songwriting to the mix.”Produced by Michael League and co-produced by Crosby, Willis, and Stevens, Here If You Listen is the follow up to Crosby’s 2017 Sky Trails. Marking the fourth solo album by Crosby in five years, this new record is celebrated with the release of its first single, “Glory”. Listen to it here:For more information and to purchase tickets to the group’s upcoming tour, head to Croz’s official website.David Crosby Upcoming Tour Dates:Nov 2 @ Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WANov 4 @ Aladdin Theatre – Portland, ORNov 6 @ Castro Theatre – San Francisco, CANov 8 @ Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara, CANov 9 @ Golden State Theatre – Monterey, CANov 10 @ Fred Kavli Theatre – Thousand Oaks, CANov 12 @ Balboa Theatre – San Diego, CANov 13 @ City National Grove – Anaheim, CANov 15 @ National Hispanic Cultural Centre – Albuquerque, NMNov 17 @ Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KSNov 19 @ North Shore Centre for the Performing Arts – Skokie, ILNov 20 @ Capitol Theatre – Madison, WINov 24 @ The Paramount Theatre – Cedar Rapids, IANov 25 @ Kalamazoo State Theatre – Kalamazoo, MINov 28 @ The Kent Stage – Kent, OHNov 29 @ Weinberg Center for the Arts – Frederick, MDDec 1 @ The Egg Performing Arts Centre – Albany, NYDec 2 @ Whitaker Centre for Science and the Arts, Sunoco Performance Theatre – Harrisburg, PADec 4 @ Tupelo Music Hall – Derry, NHDec 5 @ Bergen Performing Arts Centre – Englewood, NJDec 7 @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Centre – New Bedford, MADec 8 @ Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NYView All Tour Dateslast_img read more