Journalist Namal Perera in hospital, with Minister Sarath Amunugama
Dinidu called and asked if I could put a notice on Kottu ’bout the protest for Media Freedom and Safety today, at Colpetty Junc, 12:30. I usually don’t put anything on Kottu, but in this case I think it might be OK. Dunno, you tell me. Bloggers haven’t yet felt the whip of media repression, but we can hear the crack. From what I hear, Namal Perera was being followed in Narahenpitiya, near Stratford Ave, where they sell those local speakers. I was there this weekend. As the car was stopped, thugs came out, smashed the windows and tried to drag him out, apparently jamming a rod in his mouth, cutting him on the broken glass as he clung onto the door frame – for life. This was after work, in traffic and caused an obvious commotion. There are two checkpoints within about 200 meters. But as our Defense Secretary says, ‘Those who love us do what is required. We cannot help that.’ In that case those who love this country should do something, because we can help each other.