Press release

FCO Minister seriously concerned by shooting of journalist in Sri Lanka

Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt has expressed shock and serious concern at the shooting of a British journalist in Sri Lanka.

Minister Burt said:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his family. Our consular staff have visited him in hospital today, and we’re ready to provide further assistance if needed.

“It remains unclear whether this horrific incident was connected to the victim’s work as a journalist. The Sri Lankan authorities must quickly identify who committed this crime and bring them to justice.”

There has been a range of attacks in Sri Lanka on journalists, civil society organizations and others in recent years. To date, too many incidents have had little investigation and no resolution. The UK and EU have urged the Government of Sri Lanka to do everything possible to investigate such incidences and ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.

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