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Sri Lankan Journalist Freed at Last

July 19th, 2010

J.S. Tissainayagam

J.S. Tissainayagam, the Tamil Sri Lankan journalist who was sentenced unjustly to 20 years hard labor in 2009 on charges of inciting violence, was freed two months ago and recently granted a Presidential pardon. The pardon came after months of international pressure from human rights advocates and the US government.

Journalists in Sri Lanka have been threatened, murdered and disappeared. Most continue to operate under self-censorship.

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