Why is the current government covering up the killers of Tamil Journalists by the Mahinda government? Was President Srisena then minister in Mahinda government involved in giving orders to these these killings?
Dharmaratnam Sivaram alias Taraki, writer, journalist and political analyst, was abducted by a group in a van near Bambalapitiya police station on 28 April 2005. On the following day, his body was found near parliament in a high security zone. The perpetrators working with the Mahinda government was so powerful they abducted him near a police station and dumped his body near the country’s parliament? Question remains as to how kidnappers could enter the parliament premises, the most secured zone – and commit such a crime. Mahinda and his government did nothing to arrest the killers and was accused of the killing.
The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe regime that toppled the dictatorial Rajapaksa rule with a promise of good governance and freedom is now running the country. President Sirisena has said that he would expedite investigations into all killings of journalists before 08 January 2015 and punish those responsible. More than three years have elapsed since. But, no attempt is being made to bring the killers to book. Maithiri – Ranil authorities have so far not been able to answer why they are reluctant to investigate the killings of Tamil journalists by the Mahinda government forces..
Excepting for Prageeth Ekneligoda and Lasantha Wickrematunge, two Sinhale Jounalists no other murders, assaults of Tamil journalists is being investigated. No legal intervention is taken especially on behalf of the repressed Tamil journalists.
The abduction and brutal assassination of journalist Dharmeratnam “Taraki” Sivaram, in 2005 caused shock waves among many of us even though he was under severe threat for what he had been writing before he was murdered. Now over 16 years after his assassination, it has been revealed that a former DIG and the ex-director of the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) had allegedly covered evidence to hinder the investigation into the murder. Former DIG Sarath Lugoda is alleged to have concealed vital evidence of the murder on the instructions given to him from the higher up at that time, and he is to be questioned by the police shortly. He was alleged to have been released the main suspects under the instructions given by the higher up claiming it would endanger the national security.
The following is a list of notable killings attributed to armed groups under the control of the Sri Lankangovernment – Army, Navy, Air Force, Police and paramilitary groups (Home Guards/Civil DefenceForce, Eelam People’s Democratic Party, Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal etc.). List of people killed by Sri Lankan government forces – Wikipedia
Sivaram’s death was not like some sepia photograph of an old atrocity, a singular event in a fading history. The Committee to Protect Journalists estimates that from 1992 to 2009, 18 journalists have been killed by all sides because of their (journalists’) writing or their comments during Sri Lanka’s long civil war.The majority of those killed, of course, were Tamil; but others, such as Lasantha Wickrematunge, the founder Editor of The Sunday Leader newspaper were not. And many other journalists, Tamil, Muslim, and Sinhalese, were forced into exile during the war.Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have both noted that the end of the war between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE has not meant an end to the violent harassment of journalists. The unsolved disappearance of the political analyst Prageeth Eknaligoda on January 24, 2010 during coverage of the recent elections is but one bitter example among others of its continuance.
The media minister has invited journalists who fled the country to return. However, those journalists in exile say they cannot trust until safety is proven by deed. Sivaram’s matter is case in point.
Such a situation will not make good governance a reality and Tamils cannot see any difference from Mahinda or Maithiri-Ranil government when it comes to discrimination of Tamils in Sri Lanka.