SEIZING OF PROFESSIONAL COMPUTER AND ACCESSORIES BELONGS TO MS. DAREESHA BASTIAN, SENIOR JOURNALIST BY OFFICERS FROM CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DEPARTMENT
Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association has been reported that Officers from Criminal Investigation Department have inspected the residence of Ms. Dareesha Bastian, former editor of Sunday Observer/senior Journalist on court order and seized her professional computer and related accessories on 9th June 2020. They have recorded statements from her family members as well.
It is also reported that on a previous occasion, CID officers attempted to search her residence without a court order and she and her associates have been questioned on an alleged abduction of a female employee of swiss embassy, several times.
It is our belief that when a journalist is being faced to a judicial or any other inquiry, it has to comply with the international standards for journalists set by internationally recognized organizations and investigations must be carried out without any prejudice to the source of informations.
Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association hereby requests the authorities to hand over Ms. Dareesha Bastian’s professional computer and accessories as quickly as possible after finishing the investigations.