Thursday, October 29, 2009

S.Lanka orders probe into journalist death threats

Sri Lanka's president ordered police to probe death threats against journalists of a newspaper whose founding editor was murdered earlier this year, a spokesman said Thursday.

President Mahinda Rajapakse asked the police to carry out a "very thorough investigation" into the death threats against two senior members of the Sunday Leader newspaper, a spokesman for the president's office said.

The investigation was ordered as the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said it was greatly concerned by last week's death threats against Sunday Leader chief editor Frederica Jansz and her news editor Munza Mushtaq.

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