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US 'extremely concerned' on Sri Lanka press freedom

The United States said Monday it was "extremely concerned" about media freedom in Sri Lanka after gunmen attacked and torched the office of an opposition newspaper of the Tamil minority. State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell, pointing out that the attack was the latest against the island's media, said: "We remain extremely concerned about threats to freedom of expression in Sri Lanka." "We urge the Sri Lankan authorities to protect freedom of expression, to conduct a credible investigation and to hold perpetrators accountable," Ventrell told reporters.

Sri Lankan government says attack on newspaper orchestrated

The Sri Lankan government said Saturday that the attack on a Tamil newspaper office in northern Sri Lanka was orchestrated and carried out to tarnish the image of the government.The Uthayan office in Jaffna was attacked and the printing office set on fire by an unidentified group on Saturday morning causing extensive damage, the newspaper's editor said.The staff was preparing to distribute the newspapers when an armed gang entered the premises.

Gunmen attack Tamil newspaper in northern Sri Lanka

Gunmen opened fire and torched the office of the main Tamil newspaper in northern Sri Lanka on Saturday, the owner said, the latest in a wave of attacks against privately-owned media in the country. Three armed men carried out the pre-dawn arson attack on the Uthayan office and printing press in Jaffna, the city and former war zone 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of Colombo, owner Eswarapatham Saravanapavan told AFP by telephone.
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