Sinhalese journalist on why some SLankans need asylum | Asia Pacific

Sinhalese journalist on why some SLankans need asylum

Sinhalese journalist on why some SLankans need asylum

Updated 4 September 2012, 21:57 AEST

The controversy over the Australian Opposition's plan to send all Sri Lankan asylum seekers home, without processing their claims has erupted at a time when a group of Sri Lankan journalists have arrived in Australia to promote a new documentary.

Called Silenced Voices - Tales of Sri Lankan Journalists in Exile, the film paints a picture of the dangers faced by journalists, including death threats, abductions and indefinite detention.

Bashana Abeywardane is a reporter from the Sinhalese majority and the coordinator for Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka.

He fled to Europe in 2006 during the Sri Lankan civil war.

Interviewer: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Bashana Abeywardane, coordinator, Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka

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