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The European Union and Sri Lanka’s media freedom



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On Wednesday last week, the Embassy of the European Union issued the following statement to the media in concurrence with the embassies of France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Norway, Switzerland and the UK High Commission -

"We are deeply concerned by political and religious pressure being directed at Sri Lanka’s Muslim community which is undermining peace and reconciliation in the country.  Prejudiced and unsubstantiated allegations repeatedly published by media serve only to fuel intolerance. We shared our views during a meeting today with the Prime Minister. On that occasion we welcomed the government’s commitment to address hate speech and to set up a religious reconciliation council.

"We stand by all Sri Lankans working to preserve the peaceful coexistence between all communities, and expect religious and other community leaders to support them and speak out against violence. We urge the President, the Prime Minister, and all political leaders to reassert the state’s commitment to mutual respect, tolerance, and equal treatment under the law for all, irrespective of faith or ethnicity."

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