Help by sharing this information Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News News Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists News July 29, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Sri Lanka Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders is shocked to learn of yesterday evening’s savage attack on Gnanasundaram Kuhanathan, 59, the editor of the Tamil-language daily Uthayan, who was beaten by unidentified men with iron bars in the northern city of Jaffna. He was rushed to hospital, where he was in a critical condition with serious head injuries and still unconscious.“We demand a rapid and thorough investigation into this appalling crime,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The violence used by his attackers clearly shows they did not intend him to survive. Combating impunity is the first step towards creating the conditions for independent and pluralist journalism. “This attack must not be the prelude to a new wave of violence against journalists, which has been on the wane during the past year, in part because so many journalists are in exile. We remind the authorities that impunity continues to encourage wrongdoers.”Kuhanathan was attacked near his home at around 6:30 p.m. by several men with iron bars who were waiting for him. After being rushed to a Jaffna hospital, he was put on a respirator in an intensive care unit. His doctors may decide he should be transferred to a hospital in the capital, Colombo.An opposition newspaper that defends the interests of Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority, Uthayan tends to support the Tamil National Alliance, which won most of the local councils in Tamil areas in the local elections held on 23 June.Physical attacks against journalists have fallen overall since 2010 but threats and acts of intimidation continue to be common in Sri Lanka without the judicial authorities necessarily taking much interest.Yesterday’s attack on Kuhanathan was nonetheless the second attack on an Uthayan journalist in the past two months. The reporter S. Kavitharan was attacked by armed men as he was going to work on 28 May.There have been four murders of journalists in Sri Lanka since 2008 in which a link with the victim’s work was clearly established, and a well-known cartoonist, Prageeth Eknaligoda, has been missing since January 2010. None of these cases has been solved. More than 50 journalists and press freedom activists have fled abroad in recent years because their lives were in danger. Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Organisation Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News July 30, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Opposition newspaper editor badly beaten in Jaffna, left for dead to go further RSF_en January 13, 2021 Find out more July 15, 2020 Find out more
Published on March 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ 1. Improve on the boardsAfter Syracuse’s regular-season finale Saturday, Scoop Jardine pointed to one key area the Orange needs to work on for the postseason: rebounding. It has been the team’s one glaring weakness throughout the year and has contributed to the many close games SU has played.When the Orange has struggled on the glass, opponents have managed to hang around and push Syracuse to the final minutes. Upset bids from Marshall, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Georgetown and South Florida among others all fell just short despite their dominant performances on the boards.And then there’s that one blemish on Syracuse’s record in which Notre Dame outrebounded the Orange 38-25 to hand SU its sole loss of the year.For a team with size, length and athleticism at every position, it has been difficult to pinpoint any specific reason for the rebounding woes. Explanations have ranged from the Orange guards not being active enough on the glass to it being a natural part of playing zone defense to a simple lack of hustle when shots go up.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut whatever the reason, the conference’s third worst rebounding margin of -3.8 boards per game in Big East play won’t cut it in the postseason. Opponents will be well aware of those deficiencies and will crash the boards looking to expose one of SU’s few weaknesses.Jardine said it will take more effort on the glass for the Orange to survive the Big East tournament unscathed. If it can stay around even or win the rebounding battle in those contests, Syracuse should have the conference tournament title to add to its regular-season championship.2. Keep Fab Melo on the courtGerry McNamara simply shook his head, a smile stretched across his face. The Syracuse assistant coach couldn’t immediately find the words to describe the lift Fab Melo gives the SU zone defense. He finally settled on a single word, one that indicates the incredible value the 7-foot center brings on the defensive end of the floor. ‘Unbelievable.’Melo, a sophomore from Brazil, is one of the principal reasons why Syracuse is ranked second in the country and owns a menacing 30-1 overall record.Oh, and that one loss? Melo didn’t play in the nine-point defeat on the road at Notre Dame.The Big East Defensive Player of the Year has chipped in 7.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in addition to his 87 total blocks on the season. What’s more, he’s shown a proclivity to draw charges at key moments for the Orange, making his presence in the lane very dangerous.What does all this mean? It means that Syracuse must keep Fab Melo out of foul trouble if it wants to win the Big East tournament.In the three games Melo missed with an unresolved academic issue, Syracuse wasn’t the same team. Yes, Rakeem Christmas played a great game against Cincinnati in Melo’s place, but that is certainly not the norm.The norm is Christmas playing less than two minutes to start the game — or less than one minute as he did Saturday against Louisville. The norm is Baye Keita fumbling point-blank passes and hurling horrific layups at the backboard — see Connecticut game.It’s clear that Syracuse needs Melo. And the longer he stays on the court, the more likely the Orange is to walk away with the title. 3. Brandon Triche has to build off of LouisvilleSaturday certainly couldn’t have hurt Brandon Triche. While he said his confidence has remained the same down the stretch, the junior guard’s sparkling, 18-point performance in Syracuse’s win over Louisville was needed.Think back to early in the season and remember how Triche was key to the Orange’s success. In the NIT Season Tip-Off, Triche was on the floor down the stretch. He and Dion Waiters were the guards on the floor as Syracuse closed out Virginia Tech. Scoop Jardine played only five minutes in the second half.The two games in the NIT Season Tip-Off were part of a four-game stretch in which Triche averaged 15.3 points per game. But he has scored in double digits in only nine of Syracuse’s other 27 games.A slump in the six games leading up to last Saturday meant Triche ended the regular season averaging 9.4 points per game, nearly two points less than what he averaged his sophomore year.But his hot-shooting performance against Louisville — 3-of-6 from 3-point range — is an encouraging sign. If Triche can find a rhythm shooting the ball, and Jardine and Waiters continue to play at a high level, Syracuse’s three-headed guard attack will be hard to defend.Orange head coach Jim Boeheim has stayed confident in Triche’s abilities all year. Jardine said Triche was never really in a slump but just struggled to find his rhythm in some games.Once his rhythm is found, though, it can lead Syracuse to a win, as it did against the Cardinals.