“Thanks to social media, the world we live in is getting smaller and smaller—and the more interconnected we are, the harder it will be for human rights violations to go unnoticed” Amnesty International
As part of our media freedom campaign, the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice want answers and we want you to use Twitter to help us get them.
We want to know why the Government of Sri Lanka has failed to investigate the disappearance of a Sri Lankan journalist. On Wednesday it will be 19 months to the day since he disappeared. You can tell the world, and the Sri Lankan government, that he hasn’t been forgotten.
Sri Lankan journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda has been missing for over a year and a half. Prageeth was abducted on 24 January 2010 and has not been heard from since. Ekneligoda was an outspoken supporter of Gen. Sarath Fonseka, who ran for the opposition against the government in the 2010 elections. There is still no news of his whereabouts or fate and his abductors are still at large. There has been a distinct lack of a thorough and credible investigation into Prageeth’s disappearance. His wife Sandhya has received almost no response to her repeated requests for information about her husband’s fate.
The very fact that his case is known to the United Nations would, in most cases around the world, mean that a high profile investigation would take place. But this is Sri Lanka.
Take action by tweeting this message tomorrow, Wednesday 24th August, (exactly 19 months to the day since Prageeth disappeared)
@newsdotlk where is Prageeth Ekneligoda?’ #findprageeth
With a follow-up tweet
Join me & @SLcampaign & message the GoSL to open an investigation into Prageeth’s disappearance #findprageeth http://bit.ly/nPY5KD
@newsdotlk is the portal for the Government of Sri Lanka’s propaganda machine. By tweeting to them we might stir the government of Sri Lanka into action, but much more importantly we can keep Prageeth’s search alive and make sure they, and the world, know that we have not forgotten him.
P.S Not on twitter? Not to worry – find out how you can support our media freedom campaign here.
Disclaimer – Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice has specified the example tweets and is not responsible for alternative messages sent by users.
If the GoSL responds to individuals, users are recommended to send them a link to our media briefing: http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/61158268?access_key=key-1e7ewdsxacr3aew2pvvo
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