Bala Nadarajah Iyer

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Letters   |   Sri Lanka

Journalist security cited as peace talks resume

Gentlemen: As you resume negotiations in Geneva today to establish a just and lasting peace in Sri Lanka, we call your attention to the urgent issue of journalist security. The free flow of information, a vital ingredient in establishing the peace, is jeopardized by ongoing violence against the press.

February 22, 2006 12:00 PM ET


Case   |   Sri Lanka


APRIL 29, 2005
Posted: April 29, 2005

Dharmeratnam Sivaram, TamilNet and Daily Mirror


Sivaram was abducted on the night of April 28 and found dead the next morning from gunshot wounds to the head.
April 29, 2005 12:00 PM ET


Alerts   |   Sri Lanka

CPJ condemns murder of veteran Tamil journalist

New York, April 29, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the brutal killing of leading Tamil journalist Dharmeratnam Sivaram, who was abducted yesterday and found dead this morning near the capital, Colombo, from gunshot wounds to the head.

Four unidentified men forced Sivaram into a jeep at 10:30 last night as he left a restaurant directly across from the Bambalapitya police station in the capital, according to witness accounts. Police told The Associated Press that they received an anonymous call early today giving the location of Sivaram's body in Talangama, several miles outside of Colombo. The TamilNet news Web site reported that his body was found in a high security area behind the country's parliament building.
April 29, 2005 12:00 PM ET


Attacks on the Press   |   Sri Lanka

Attacks on the Press 2004: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

The fragile cease-fire between the Sri Lankan government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) deteriorated in 2004, heightening tensions and challenges for the nation and its media. Even after a devastating tsunami in late December killed more than 30,000 people, the divisions held fast and hampered initial relief efforts. Tamil areas of the country, some of the hardest hit, were also among the most difficult for journalists to cover.
March 14, 2005 11:10 AM ET


Alerts   |   Sri Lanka

Political activist and writer killed

New York, August 17, 2004—Amid increased political violence, Bala Nadarajah Iyer, a journalist, writer, and political activist with the opposition Tamil group the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP), was shot and killed yesterday, August 16, by unidentified assailants in the capital, Colombo.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is investigating whether the murder was related to his journalistic work.

August 17, 2004 12:00 PM ET


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