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Statement by Minister Cannon on Sri Lanka’s Sentencing of Journalist

September 3, 2009

September 2, 2009 (2:15 p.m. EDT)
No. 243

Statement by Minister Cannon on Sri Lanka’s Sentencing of Journalist

The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on the sentencing of Jayaprakash Sittampalam (J.S.) Tissainayagam, a Sri Lankan journalist:

“The Government of Canada is deeply concerned by the sentencing of J.S. Tissainayagam to 20 years in prison for violating Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism Act.

“Canada is a strong proponent of vibrant and free media, an essential element of democratic governance in Sri Lanka and around the world. Open and informed debate remains vital to long-term reconciliation and reconstruction in Sri Lanka.

“Canada supports the advancement of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law for all countries of the world.”

Click here to read statement from source.

AFP : Canada condemns Sri Lanka’s sentencing of journalist

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