Obama salutes TissainayagamMay 5, 2009
In his May 1 statement in honor of World Press Freedom Day, President Obama singled out for recognition a few journalists unjustly imprisoned for their work:
In every corner of the globe, there are journalists in jail or being actively harassed: from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe, Burma to Uzbekistan, Cuba to Eritrea. Emblematic examples of this distressing reality are figures like J.S. Tissainayagam in Sri Lanka, or Shi Tao and Hu Jia in China.
Tissainayagam remains in prison today, solely for the “crime” of being a journalist. Please write to the Sri Lankan government today and ask that he be released immediately and all charges against him dropped.