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
Sri Lankan Tamil newspaper offices attacked
Armed men set presses ablaze: military suspectedEquipment was damaged beyond repair by the attack
- ucanews.com reporter, Jaffna
- Sri Lanka
- April 15, 2013
An outspoken Tamil newspaper in the north of the country that been subjected to repeated attacks has been stormed by armed men who set its printing presses ablaze.
The attack on the ‘Uthayan,’ or Rising Sun, on Saturday, was the second act of violence against the Jaffna-based newspaper in two weeks.
The printing presses were completely destroyed and news reels were seriously damaged, its editor, T. Prem Ananth Thevanayagam, told ucanews.com yesterday.
Three men brandishing a machine gun and pistols stormed the building in the early hours of Saturday, he said.
“It is only the army and the paramilitary groups who have arms in the North,” he added.
The police have started an investigation into the attack. But the newspaper, which is considered a Tamil nationalist publication, does not hold out any hope the attackers will be brought to justice.
“No proper investigation or arrest has been made in any of the previous attacks,” Thevanayagam said.
Four employees were hurt in an attack on one of the paper’s distribution offices in Kilinochchi earlier this month.
The attacks follow criticism of the paper by government politicians over recent articles which claim the armed forces are taking over businesses in the north of the country.
Eswarapatham Saravanapavan, the ‘Uthayan’ owner said that the attack was aimed at silencing opposition political parties ahead of elections in September.
He also pointed the blame at the armed forces or groups linked to the military.
Sri Lanka’s Defense Ministry and the army later denied any military involvement in the attack.
The government has come under increasing criticism by rights activists over what they claim has been a crackdown on press freedom in the country. Several publications have been attacked and websites blocked, while journalists have been beaten, murdered of have dissapeared.
At least 14 journalist have been killed in Sri Lanka since 2006 while many more have fled the country, according to Amnesty International.