News1st protest
Protesters outside the News1st headquarters in Sri Lanka. Credit: News1st

News1st journalists threatened by protesters

PMA is deeply concerned to hear that a masked protest outside the headquarters of Sri Lankan broadcaster News1st in Colombo has resulted in the threatening and intimidation of journalists.

As reported by News1st, protesters were heard shouting “black media”, a reference to a derogatory remark made in parliament by the country’s Prime Minister and since echoed by others. However, at the time of writing it is unclear as to the affiliation of the protesters.

While the intimidation of journalists has been widely condemned by leaders across political parties, it is essential that the safety of journalists and freedom of the press is protected to ensure an informed and effective democracy.

This is a breaking story and will be updated when more details become available.

News1st is a member of the Public Media Alliance.