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Journalists worldwide commemorate Black January

A leading editor killed, a popular TV channel raided and accused by the state media of "unpatriotic" coverage of the war, a political columnist disappeared, and still other journalists forced to flee the country or close down their websites. All these incidents happened in the past four years in Sri Lanka, all in the month of January - leading journalists the world over to pick up the call from the Free Media Movement (FMM) and other Sri Lankan groups to commemorate "Black January" this year on 25 January.

Organised by the Alliance of Media Organizations, of which FMM is a member, and supported by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the campaign is a response to the attacks on the media that have occurred in January in recent years, and the failure of the government of Sri Lanka to hold accountable those responsible for the violence. The campaign culminated in a series of public protests in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, on 25 January.

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