Police have not yet been able to identify the culprits in the attack on the house of senior Sri Lankan journalist Chamuditha Samarawickrema a few weeks ago. It is reported that Chaminda Senaratne, the editor of the Aruna newspaper has also received death threats over the phone following the slow process of investigations into the attack.
On the afternoon of the 18th, he received these threatening calls on his mobile phone. The threats were made on 0712293495 and 00916282807305.
The complaint to the IGP further states, “You don’t care how our boss makes money. Why spread lies. We all found out where you are. Tell your wife to keep the house clean. You will not be allowed to celebrate the New Year. In the first phone call.
The second call that came after that said, “Why are you slandering Mr. SP? We’ll give you three weeks. Breathe well. Keep the house clean. The second call was threatening.
He has asked the court to find out the cause of the threat and to ensure the safety of himself and his residents.
It would not be a big deal for the police to find out who they are if they were threatened over the phone. But here is the name of an SP. There could be some huge hand behind the threats from the phones themselves. Otherwise this could also be some kind of conspiracy. But when the same story is told on two phone numbers, there are reasons to think about a thousand things, not twice. An SP can also be a police officer. It may not be. There are SPs in various institutions.
However, the fault lies with the police. There is no word yet on the attack on Chamuditha Samarawickrema’s house. The incident that took place in the city of Colombo has also been covered up by someone. But even if it is masked, it is a story that has to be danced out. Those who do not allow the police to do their duty will come to the fore again and again from time to time. No matter what media company he works for, it is his job. At the job, the head of the organization will have to work as he wants. Government officials, including the police, carry out their duties within the framework of the law. There are plenty of people who work outside the legal framework.
Therefore, journalists as well as all citizens are Sri Lankans. It is the journalists who keep the society alive when a politician, a police officer and other criminals are wronged. They should all know that journalists are not part of the cowardly tribe, either for the underworld or for those who work illegally using state power. Even for any voiceless criminal, it is the journalist who brings his voice to society in the face of injustice. The best example of this is the killing of Madush in Makadura. The same is true of prisons. It is the journalists who tell the society about every injustice done to them. It is everyone’s responsibility to protect them. Also, if journalists are not needed, such a subject should be eliminated.