By Our Jaffna correspondent
Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Hugo Swire expressed his concerns over the media personnel in Jaffna when he met a group of Jaffna journalists from the Jaffna Press Club(JPC) last Thursday.
The Jaffna journalists told the British Minister that the media personnel was yet to see a conducive climate for them to carry out their duties without any harassment.
They also pointed out that the journalists from the island who live in exile in the Western countries should not be sent back until there safety was ensured in the island.
Responding to the Jaffna media personnel Hugo Swire said that he understood the difficulties faced by the Jaffna journalists in carrying out their duties.
He expressed hope that the press freedom and the safety of journalists would be ensured by the new Government.
The British Minister explaining on his meeting with the Northern Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran to the Journalists said that he was briefed on various aspects of the problems that still remain unresolved in the North. ” I am pleased to have visited Jaffna. Northern Sri Lanka suffered much throughout the country’s long conflict and the people there still face many challenges. This was part of the reason why Prime Minister David Cameron also prioritized visiting Jaffna when he was in Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2013,” Swire said.
The British minister also donated books to the Jaffna Library, which was burnt down by hooligans in 1981.