Tamil journalist Selvakumar Nilanthan was questioned by Sri Lankan’s Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) yesterday at Batticaloa, Eastern Province.
Nilanthan, the Batticaloa Tamil Journalists Association secretary, was summoned to the Batticaloa TID, where he was interrogated for nearly three hours.
The TID questioned the journalist whether he had any links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and questioned his work extensively.
“Do you have any connection with the LTTE? Were you a member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)? Were any of your relatives in the LTTE? Have you helped the LTTE? Have you got any affiliations or are you in contact with former Batticaloa political head, Thayamohan?”
“Do you run the Battinaatham or Meenagam website? How many years have you been a journalist? Which media outlets do you work for? Which international media outlets are you working for?”
Following the questioning, the TID told Nilanthan that he may be expected to attend another investigation. Nilanthan, distressed from the investigation, stated, “They robbed me of the last bit of freedom I had”.