Intimidation of local journalists over NYT report condemned

The intimidation of local journalists over a recent New York Times (NYT) report drew strong criticism today.Michael Slackman, the International Editor of the The New York Times said that it was unacceptable for journalists to be intimidated in this way. “This action appears intended to silence critics and curb press freedoms, and ultimately deprive Sri Lankans of information in the public interest,” Slackman said. Slackman said that a group of Sri Lankan Parliamentarians allied with the former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, held a news conference to publicly criticize two journalists who contributed logistical assistance to a rigorously reported and accurate New York Times investigation into the Hambantota port, published on June 26. The Times said that it expects the Sri Lankan authorities to ensure the safety of journalists working for their or any news organization.“If Mr. Rajapaksa takes issue with Times reporting, we have encouraged him to contact senior editors at The New York Times rather than intimidating Sri Lankan journalists,” The New York Times said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Police say officers fatally shoot man pointing gun at them

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Police in Kentucky say officers fatally shot a man when he pointed a gun at them.News outlets report Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad says officers were called to a domestic dispute at a home Tuesday evening and a man raised a gun toward two officers, both of whom fired. Conrad says the man, identified as 49-year-old Anthony Wayne French Sr., was taken to a hospital, where he died.- Advertisement – He says two other people inside the home were taken to the hospital due to injuries suffered in the domestic dispute.Officers Lenert Elzy and Carlyn Alexander were placed on administrative reassignment per police department policy. They weren’t injured.