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Fakta om försvinnandet av journalisten Prageeth Eknaligoda

Prageeth Eknaligoda is a cartoonist, political analyst and journalist. He was reported missing on January 24, 2010 - two days before the presidential polls in Sri Lanka.[1][2] He actively participated in the presidential campaign of common opposition candidate Sarath Fonseka while working as a freelance journalist for a pro-opposition website Lankaenews.com.[3][4] Members of his family believe he has been abducted by pro-government supporters, a charge that was denied by the government of Sri Lanka.[2] In 2009 Amnesty International released information regarding circumstances of his disappearance.[5] Reporters without borders has issued a statement concerning him.[1] The investigation is being led by the Colombo Crimes Division.[6]

Disappearance Edit

Eknaligoda left his office on 24 January 2010 evening saying that he has to meet an old friend. He has not been seen since that.[7]

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Eknaligoda's family, and several activiset groups have accused the Sri Lanka government of being directly responsible for his disappearance. At a meeting of United Nations Convention Against Torture in Geneva, Sri Lanka's then Attorney General (Former Chief Justice) Mohan Peiris dismissed the charges against government and said that Eknaligoda has sought asylum abroad.[7] But when questioned in the court later, he told that he does not remember who the source of his information was and that “only god knows” the whereabouts of Eknaligoda.[8]

Reappearence allegations Edit
On June 5, 2013 a government Member of the parliament claimed that Eknaligoda was living in France.[9] But several Sri Lankan journalists in exile in France, including Manjula Wediwardana, whom that Member of parliament alleged to have taken him to meet Prageeth, vehemently denied the claims that Prageeth is living in hiding in France. French embassy in Colombo too denied any claims that Prageeth is living in France.[10][11]

Free Media Movement (FMM) Convener Sunil Jayasekara in a statement on the MPs allegations told[10]

“We think the MP is using Parliamentary privileges and trying to mislead the people. He is claiming that a journalist had introduced Mr. Ekneligoda to him when he visited France in January this year. However the journalist Manjula Wediwardana has sent an e-mail to us saying he never met the MP in France or introduced any Mr. Ekneligoda to him,”.

2015 probe Edit

In March 2015 the government launched a probe of the disappearance of Eknaligoda,[12] but his wife expressed dissatisfaction over the government's actions.[13] In January 2016 Bodu Bala Sena leader was arrested after he disrupted court proceedings on Eknaligoda disappearance [14]

Fallet med journalisten Prageeth Eknaligoda.

Prageeth Eknaligoda is a cartoonist, political analyst and journalist. He was reported missing on January 24, 2010 - two days before the presidential polls in Sri Lanka. He actively participated in the presidential campaign. Prageeth Eknaligoda har varit försvunnen sen 2010 i Sri Lanka, jag och min grupp hade ingen aning om fallet förrän en amerikan på andra sidan jorden kontaktade mig. Han heter Jim och frågade om vi kunde hjälpa han med detta fallet. Han är volontär som jag och "country specialist" på Sri Lanka i USA. Jag och han har haft konversationer på Facebook om arbetet och jag kom på att jag måste ta en bild där det står #Where is Prageeth? Jim kontaktade oss på Facebook genom våran egna sida (Amnesty International UNG/Luleå). Och vi la upp ett tack inlägg till amerikanen för han frågade oss om hjälp. Jag blir rörd när folk kontaktar en och vill ha sån här hjälp. Det är verkligen berörande att folk vågar fråga. När jag har börjar jobba med Amnesty så har folk börjat kontakta en en efter en och det är berörande att folk behöver ens hjälp. Och man stärks av det.