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Police arrest 2 French journalists for filming Sri Lanka military checkpoint: Rights group

Police arrest 2 French journalists for filming Sri Lanka military checkpoint: Rights group

Police arrested two French journalists for filming a military checkpoint in southern Sri Lanka, and anti-terrorism investigators were questioning the pair, a local media rights group said Tuesday.
The military stopped journalist Capucine Henri and cameraman C. Siomon of France 24 news channel after they filmed the checkpoint as they drove to the district of Galle on Monday, the independent Free Media Movement said in a statement.
A police officer in Galle confirmed the arrest, and said the checkpoint was near an army camp in Bossa in Galle district. He declined to give his name because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
Police also arrested a family that the journalists had traveled to Galle to interview, the group said.
The journalists captured only five seconds of images as they drove past the checkpoint, the rights group said.
"FMM does not consider videoing a road block a national security issue and expresses its serious concern (that police detained the) TV crew and a whole family," it said.


Updated : 2020-12-03 07:04 GMT+08:00