Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Journalists protest 'Black January'
Demand justice against those responsible for many attacks on colleaguesJournalists staged a âBlack Januaryâ protest attacks against media personnel in Colombo
- ucanews.com reporter, Colombo
- Sri Lanka
- January 26, 2012
More than 100 people gathered at the Lipton Circle in Colombo to demand an end to the attacks which many believe is part of a campaign to clamp down on press freedom. It was organized by the Alliance of Media Organizations.
âWe wonât stop our struggle until the government brings those responsible before a court,âÂ said Gnanasiri Kottigoda, acting president of the Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association.
He said media associations had decided to hold what they have termed a âBlack Januaryâ protest annually on January 25 as many of the crimes perpetrated against journalists have taken place during the month.
Among these crimes was the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunga, an outspoken editor of the Sunday Leader, in January 2009 and the disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda, a political columnist who went missing in January 2010.
The protest was to be held in front of Colombo Fort railway station but was forced move to avoid a confrontation with pro-government media groups who were staging a counter-protest against them.
Anglican priest Marimuthupillai Sathivel who joined the protest said the attacks on the media are futile since it has support from the people, and warned against any cover-ups.
âYears have passed; we urge the government to conduct thorough investigations into these attacks which have only been against those who stand for justice,â he said.
The government has repeatedly denied any cover-ups and said that it continues to investigate the crimes.
Amnesty International says at least 14 Sri Lankan journalists have been killed since the beginning of 2006.
According to the annual World Press Freedom Index compiled by Paris-based Reporters Without Borders, Sri Lanka was ranked 163rd out of 178 countries in 2011, down from 158th in 2010.
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