The New York Times says, politicians allied with former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa are engaged in an intimidation campaign against Sri Lankan journalists who had provided assistance to its investigation into the Hambantota port.
A group of Sri Lankan parliamentarians allied with the former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, held a news conference to publicly criticize two journalists who contributed logistical assistance to a rigorously reported and accurate New York Times investigation into the Hambantota port, published on June 26th.
The International Editor of the The New York Times: Michael Slackman says, “it is unacceptable for journalists to be intimidated in this way.
Issuing a statement today he said, this action appears intended to silence critics and curb press freedom, and ultimately deprive Sri Lankans of information in public interest.
He added, “if Mr. Rajapaksa takes issue with Times reporting, they have encouraged him to contact senior editors at The New York Times, rather than intimidating Sri Lankan journalists.
The Times expects the Sri Lankan authorities to ensure the safety of journalists working for them— or any news organization.”