The threats are clearly designed to silence a newspaper that has often criticised Tamil political parties that support the government in Colombo. Sri LankaAsia – Pacific June 30, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Who wants to silence the Tamil newspaper Uthayan? A hitherto unknown group calling itself the Tamil United Force to Safeguard the Country has threatened to kill all the employees of the Tamil-language newspaper Uthayan, the leading newspaper in the Jaffna peninsula, if they have not resigned by the end of today. Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists “Such is the climate of violence and intolerance in which the authorities plan to hold local elections in Jaffna in August,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The ability of Uthayan, a critic of the pro-governmental Tamil parties, to publish safely is a crucial test of the credibility of this already controversial election. Without press freedom, there are no free elections.” Help by sharing this information News January 13, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts “You have ignored many of our previous warnings,” said a message in Tamil signed by the group that was sent to the newspaper last weekend. “As a result we demand that Uthayan’s journalists, employees, agents and guards formally resign by 30 June. Those not complying will be subjected to the death penalty.” News With the deadline expiring in just a few hours, Reporters Without Borders sends a message of solidarity to all of the Uthayan press group’s employees. The managing director E. Saravanapavan, who has gone to Jaffna to better protect his employees, told Reporters Without Borders that the army, police and main Tamil parties have condemned the threats and taken measures to protect the newspaper. Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial A Jaffna-based journalist told Reporters Without Borders that “the threats terrify all journalists in the peninsula.” Many Jaffna journalists suspect the EPDP of being behind the threats. A militia led by Douglas Devananda, a government minister, the EPDP has been implicated in many press freedom violations. News Unidentified thugs burned hundreds of copies of Uthayan five days ago in Jaffna and threatened to kill a distributor. A guard was injured when a grenade exploded outside the newspaper’s building on 24 March. Two additional policemen have been assigned to protecting the newspaper while soldiers have been stationed nearby. Saravanapavan has two bodyguards. Two employees were killed when gunmen attacked the newspaper’s building in May 2006, an incident that was never properly investigated. The message sent by the Tamil United Force to Safeguard the Country accused Uthayan of “causing confusion among the Tamils by publishing reports aimed at making them side with the ‘terrorists’ and inciting racial hatred in order to destroy the Tamils and the basis for a permanent freedom that has now been achieved.” July 29, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Sri Lanka to go further Reporters Without Borders calls on the Tamil parties participating in the elections to pledge to respect press freedom. “It is encouraging to see that the TNA, TULF and EPDP have condemned the threats against Uthayan,” Reporters Without Borders added. “But more than words are needed if Jaffna’s journalists are finally going to have acceptable conditions in which to work.” Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge “More than half of our staff have not come to work because of these threats,” Saravanapavan said. “Yesterday only two of our oldest journalists wrote articles. The newspaper was distributed this morning but with great difficulty (…) The armed forces commander in Jaffna and the police chief have told me that the safety of the Uthayan office will be guaranteed.” Meanwhile, Reporters Without Borders hopes that the police will identify the source of telephone threats made against the editor of Sudar Oli, a newspaper that is part of the Uthayan group. The threatening calls were made from 0772487667 and 0778114377, numbers that are registered in the north of the Jaffna peninsula, in an EPDP-controlled area. RSF_en Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News Organisation July 15, 2020 Find out more
Loading… Neymar arriving at his 28th birthday celebration in Paris on SundayThe Brazilian – who sported a pink hair-do in the win against Montpellier – organised a lavish celebration ahead of his 28th birthday at a Parisian nightclub in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower on Sunday, including an all-white dress code. Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel on Monday attempted to play down a touchline spat with Kylian Mbappe which overshadowed the French champions’ big weekend win over Montpellier. “There is nothing personal between him and me. These things happen,” said Tuchel after Mbappe reacted angrily to being substituted midway through the second half of PSG’s 5-0 victory at the Parc des Princes, with Mauro Icardi taking his place. PSG coach Thomas Tuchel has tried to play down his very visible spat with Kylian Mbappe during the Ligue 1 leaders’ weekend win over Montpellier “It was between a player who does not want to come off, and a coach who had his reasons for doing something, and who wanted to give a game to players who deserved it.” After Saturday’s match, Tuchel admitted that the reaction of Mbappe “doesn’t look good” and pointed out that: “This is football, not tennis, and you have to respect everyone.” The 21-year-old World Cup winner, who had scored his 14th league goal of the season in the victory, exchanged words with Tuchel as he came off, and then stormed to his seat on the bench, throwing away a training top in disgust. Tuchel said he discussed the matter again at training on Sunday, with the player and with Leonardo, the club’s sporting director. “I spoke about it yesterday with Leo, of course, and with the squad, as we generally do. But what I said will remain in the dressing room,” added Tuchel, speaking before PSG return to league action on Tuesday away to Nantes. Returning to the incident, he added: “We had the game wrapped up, and it was a chance to take off Pablo (Sarabia) and Kylian, and put on Mauro and ‘Edi’ (Cavani), who deserved to get some minutes. “I know it is hard to accept for some players, but these are sporting matters that they should be able to understand.” – Neymar birthday ‘not the best’ preparation – With PSG returning to action in midweek, and also having a Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund looming ever closer on the horizon, Tuchel could also be excused for being less than impressed with Neymar’s latest off-field antics. Tuchel insisted that the event, to which Neymar invited all his team-mates, would not have an influence on his team selection for Tuesday’s trip to face a Nantes side who sit ninth in the table. The Brazilian, however, will not be risked due to a rib complaint, the club said late on Monday. “I always protect my players, and I really love my team. With this party, I accept that it is a bit difficult to protect the players, but the context is not simply black or white,” Tuchel said. Read Also: Mbappe could be punished for angry reaction, PSG boss Tuchel “Is it the best way to prepare for a match? No, clearly not. Is it the worst thing in the world? No. “It is a shame, because we are giving people the chance to speak badly of us. We need to adapt to the situation, but I am not going to leave a player on the bench or at home because they went out and celebrated.” PSG, who are 12 points clear of Marseille at the Ligue 1 summit, do have defensive injury problems just now, though, with Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Juan Bernat and Colin Dagba all out of Tuesday’s game. Midweek fixtures in Ligue 1 (kick-offs 1800 GMT unless stated) Tuesday Lille v Rennes, Monaco v Angers, Nantes v Paris Saint-Germain (2005 GMT) Wednesday Brest v Bordeaux, Lyon v Amiens, Montpellier v Metz, Nimes v Dijon, Reims v Nice, Toulouse v Strasbourg, Saint-Etienne v Marseille (2000 GMT) FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Mauricio Isla will be absent as he has returned home to Chile for the birth of his child and long-term injury casualties Sandro and Alejandro Faurlin (both knee) are not close to a return. Harry Redknapp will have to deal in the loan market in January as he looks to bring in reinforcements at Loftus Road. The QPR manager travelled to Malaysia during the week for a meeting with owner Tony Fernandes, flying out on Wednesday evening and returning early on Friday. Head of football operations Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey from the club’s academy also joined the group to discuss all things related to the club – but, if Redknapp was hoping to come back with news of a transfer window kitty, he would have been sorely disappointed. Having overseen the signings of 10 players ahead of the closure of the summer window, Redknapp has been unable to keep the newly-promoted R’s out of the relegation zone and they currently reside in 18th place in the Barclays Premier League. Many teams are expected to be shopping around to bolster their squads in the new year but the 67-year-old admits he will only be looking for temporary moves. “It was good,” he said of his Far-East chat with Fernandes. “I went over to see Tony and Ruben (Emir Gnanalingam) – two of the owners. We had a good, positive meeting talking about players, new stadium, training ground. It was well worth going. The striker missed the 3-1 defeat at Everton having been sent off against former club Burnley but will be back to spearhead the Hoops’ attack on Saturday. Steven Caulker is also in contention after sitting out the Everton game due to a head injury suffered at the players’ Christmas function. “He’s busy so I went over…we just discussed lots of different aspects of the club. We had a good day. It was interesting. “We’re not looking to spend. If there’s a loan or two out there we would be interested, that’s where we are at. We spent some money in the summer, so we’re not that far short. “Hopefully we can find another striker to add to the ones we’ve got already, so that’s an area we are looking at. “In January it’s always difficult to find players. We will see. There will be someone out there that can come and help us.” Ben Foster insists West Brom are desperate for stability and vowed the Baggies will endure their dark times. The England keeper knows Albion need balance at The Hawthorns after a difficult 12 months. They go to QPR following a vital 1-0 win over Aston Villa last weekend. Ex-boss Steve Clarke was sacked a year last Sunday and Alan Irvine is the second head coach since his exit, after replacing Pepe Mel in the summer. Albion have won just twice in their last 11 games in all competitions to increase the heat on Irvine and Foster insisted there has been enough upheaval. “The stability hasn’t been there. We just need to bear with it and hopefully we can start picking up points and crack on again,” he said, with the Baggies 14th in the Barclays Premier League. “The gaffer would have been quite needlessly under pressure after the Villa game if we had lost. “Everyone was out there giving it their everything, we are really happy for the fans as well because it is a good few years since we last had a win against Villa. “We all know what we are doing, we’ve all got game plans, there is a lot more structure to it now than what there has been.” Irvine has been under fire from fans during their run where they have picked up just nine points from a possible 30 but Foster urged the Baggies supporters to back the boss. “I can understand their frustration because they want to see their team winning,” said the 31-year-old. “The gaffer has got his plans and he knows what to do. You’ve just got to stick with it. We are all fighting 110 per cent for the gaffer. “I don’t think you would find anyone in the team who has a bad word to say about him. He’s a great guy, great coach and we can start fresh from now.” Press Association QPR will welcome top goalscorer Charlie Austin back from suspension for their Barclays Premier League clash against West Brom.