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March 8, 2011

IFJ Supports Ekneligoda Court Filing; Objections Also Filed

The International Federation Of Journalists has come out in support of the family of missing Sri Lankan cartoonist/journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda filing a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of the family patriarch, missing since January 2010. According to the article, the writ will be considered May 26 rather than later this month, and may have been initially filed as long ago as August 2010 -- although I wonder if there's some confusion with the petition delivered by the family to the United Nations or another such filing. Objection to the position have been filed, and the family has been encouraged to file counter-objections. Ekneligoda's disappearance has become an international issue because of the notion that political forces might seek to silence any sort of journalist speaking out or creating work in ways that don't fit those forces' various goals.
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