Journalists continue to be physically attacked in connection with minister’s use of force at state TV station in December

first_img Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Another employee of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation TV broadcaster has been physically attacked in Colombo. Researcher Ranjani Aluthge was the victim of a knife attack this evening as she was returning home by bus. She has been hospitalised with a stab wound. ———————————————————-03.03.2008 – Journalists continue to be physically attacked in connection with minister’s use of force at state TV station in DecemberReporters Without Borders condemns two physical attacks on journalists on 27 February that seem to be linked to their coverage of a December incident in which labour minister Mervyn Silva stormed into the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC), a state-owned television station, and assaulted its news director.“Physical attacks and acts of intimidation against SLRC journalists for objecting to Silva’s use of force is intolerable,” the press freedom organisation said. “How can one account for the fact that the authorities spend more time interrogating SLRC journalists than looking for those responsible for these attacks?”Four men armed with knives tried to attack Priyal Ranjith Perera at his home in Pitakotte, south of Colombo, in the evening of 27 February, but were forced to flee when neighbours intervened. Perera was in charge of a TV crew that filmed the December incident at SLRC.The same day, a group of men on motorcycles circled around the home of another journalist who has written about the incident, and who had previously received suspicious phone calls on 13 and 17 February.Silva, a controversial minister known for his hostility towards journalists, burst into SLRC headquarters on 27 December and order the thugs accompanying him to beat the station’s news director, T.M.G. Chandrasekara. Since then, journalists who helped force Silva to leave the building or who covered the incident have been targeted.Silva’s thugs are suspected of carrying out a knife attack on 25 January on SLRC journalist Lal Hemantha Mawalage, who was hospitalised with multiple wounds to the hands and body.According to the Free Media Movement, a local organisation, around 20 SLRC journalists have been questioned since the December incident but no one has been arrested or questioned in connection with the attacks and threats against journalists. to go further News July 29, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information January 13, 2021 Find out more Organisation July 15, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Sri Lanka March 5, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists continue to be physically attacked in connection with minister’s use of force at state TV station in Decembercenter_img Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge RSF_en News Receive email alerts Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists News Newslast_img read more

Brac Airport has widened the runway with over a hundred passengers

first_imgThe youngest Croatian airport, the one on the island of Brač, has big plans to bring as many passengers as possible who have chosen this largest Dalmatian island for their vacation. But the people of Brač are afraid that they could get the final international permit for the extended part of the runway due to the administrative procedure only at the beginning of August !!?The runway of Brac Airport was recently expanded from 1 to 440 meters, which was financed with 1 million kuna by Jako Andabak, owner of the hotel house “BlueSun” because he realized that investing in the modernization of the airport benefits his hotel house. . The expansion enabled the landing of larger aircraft with over a hundred passengers, and not as before, only those up to a hundred passengers.In the second half of May, an Embraer 190 aircraft with five crew members landed at Brač Airport with a newly expanded runway, bringing 112 passengers from Brussels. This, they say on Brač, is just the beginning of connecting their island and the Belgian destination with TUI’s fleet. “This is a historic event for our airport and island tourism, because we can finally receive larger planes, such as Airbus 318 and 319, which, in addition to transporting tourists directly to Brac, significantly relieves the burden on Split Airport. By the end of the week, we are waiting for the official use permit for the extension of the runway that we have made, and we hope for a quick reaction from the Civil Aviation Agency in order to speed up the process of obtaining an international announcement.”, Says Tonči Peović, director of Brač airport, adding that it is customary to wait 72 days for notification of all participants in international air traffic about changes and business, from new technologies, services, and that would mean Brač to have an official international notice.Peović expects the understanding of the Agency because they already have agreed air traffic with TUI to Brussels by September, and from June 13 flights will start from Deauville, France, which will bring 30.000 new passengers to Brač, which is twice as much as last year. was a record tourist season.”Negotiations are underway with other airlines, Norwegians who will fly to Brac from London, and German and Scandinavian airlines. Now that we have better conditions and the possibility of landing aircraft with up to 150 passengers, many are interested”, Explains Tonči Peović.After the extension of the runway, the bomber C541 and C100 will be able to land at the highest Croatian airport, “Croatian Kathmandu”, as Brač is called due to the altitude of 300 meters, so the mentioned Airbuses 318 and 319, along with Fokker 70 and 100, and Embrier 170 and 190.Even if both the state and international administration had an understanding for the plans and wishes of the people of Brač…last_img read more