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Sunday, 11 December 2016 - 20:33
Hiru journalist files complaint against assault
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The Hiru journalist, who was assaulted by the navy commander when he was reporting the tense situation which erupted at the Hambanthota- Magampura port, filed a complaint with the police today.

However, the state news department noted that an investigation has been launched into the incident.

The navy was deployed to lift a blockade of the Hambantota port and free two foreign vessels that were restricted due to the workers strike which continued for 5 days requesting the government to make their service permanent.

However a tense situation rose with the involvement of the Navy during the freeing of a boat.

The Navy Commander, Vice Admiral Ravindra C. Wijegunaratne assaulted the Hiru journalist who was reporting the incident addressing him in obscene language.

 The state news department in an announcement noted that a comprehensive investigation into the incident where a journalist was assaulted during the tense situation which erupted at the hambanthota port has been launched.

However, it has noted that preliminary investigations into the matter have revealed that the cause of the incident was the respective journalist evading the minimal code of conduct during incident reporting.

Accordingly, in reporting sensitive matters it is expected that the journalist adhere to the code of ethics.

Nevertheless state news department Director General Dr. Ranga Kalansooriya in the news announcement issued, noted that in accordance with the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code, the personal involvement of the Navy commander is essential during such incidents and that it is the international law.

Meanwhile, Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi says that a report from the navy will be obtained within two days regarding the incident.
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