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FMETU demands justice for journalist Ishara Devendra

By: Isuru Parakrama

Colombo (LNW): The Federation of Media Employees’ Trade Union (FMETU) called on delivering justice for Ms. Ishara Devendra, a former senior journalist of the Independent Television Network (ITN), who disclosed on her Facebook that her resignation from one of the oldest media institutions in Sri Lanka was due to sexual harassment.

“It is a common tragedy in our country that such persons get political protection and live in freely those institutions by committing sexual violence against women,” the FMETU said in a statement.

The Union emphasised that violence against women and sexual harassment is a serious offense under the Penal Code of Sri Lanka, adding that the country’s political leadership should conduct a formal investigation into this incident.

The incident involving Ms. Devendra, the free conduct of such persons by doing such activities, is another occasion that reveals the weaknesses in the governance of this country, it pointed out.

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