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Faraz hails MR in statement issued to the media

Faraz Shauketaly,Journalist,Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka,  19th February 2013. He is also quoted as saying that the articles that he has written on a variety of subjects including investigative articles, news reports, and the column he writes have been balanced and equitable in every way. In a statement sent to the media written by the Sunday Leader journalist Faraz Shauketaly, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been praised for pushing the authorities to investigate the recent shooting incident in Mount Lavinia.The statement quotes the journalist, who was shot by unidentified gunmen last week, as saying that the intervention of the President in the investigations clearly demonstrates the President’s determination to uphold the rule of law in Sri Lanka. ATTEMPT TO ASSASSINATE MR FARAZ SHAUKETALY – SRI LANKA, 15-FEB-2013 It would be prudent to note that due to the nature of my very serious injuries I have been unable to fully assist the investigative work of the local Police who are yet to receive my formal statement of the traumatic events that took place last Friday night at my home in Mount Lavinia. Naturally in the fullness of time my statement will be given to the Police in order that the important work they are required to carry out will be facilitated. However my most immediate concern now is for the recovery of my health and of course the continued safety of my family and me. In this aspect His Excellency President Rajapaksa has personally ordered the provision of adequate protection for me and this aspect is very much in place now. This was provided immediately after the incident was reported. I am clearly very grateful for this support during this difficult and trying period for me personally.The articles that I have written on a variety of subjects including investigative articles, news reports, and the column I write, has never been at cross-purposes and it is acknowledged that these have been balanced and equitable in every way.My family and I are confident that once the necessary statements have been made the authorities in Sri Lanka will be able to fully investigate, apprehend and prosecute to the full extent the law permits, those responsible for planning and executing the cowardly attack on my life. PRESS STATEMENTFOR IMMEDIATE GENERAL RELEASE My family and I are also mindful of the support we have had from hundreds of well-wishers around the world concerned at these rather traumatic events and we appreciate their messages of support and concern including that of the United Kingdom.  Due to the wide international coverage this incident has caused primarily due to my involvement in the media industry, we have felt a need to address some of those concerns. Further to a clear attempt to assassinate me at my residence last Friday night by persons as yet unknown, my family and I would like to thank His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his personal intervention in issuing instructions to the law enforcement authorities in Sri Lanka to ensure a thorough and rapid investigation is carried out into this matter.  This clearly demonstrates His Excellency’s determination to uphold the rule of law in Sri Lanka. My family is deeply grateful for the efforts and support received from the United Kingdom Authorities in Sri Lanka and would like to urge all concerned that until such time that the investigations are completed, it would be unfair and inequitable to rush into conclusions that may have no basis in fact. We urge the international community to bear with these particular circumstances which we acknowledge are both difficult and important to completely investigate. read more

Mosul 200000 more people could be displaced as battle nears Old City

“The numbers of people fleeing their homes in western Mosul are overwhelming,” said Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq Lise Grande in a press release from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Since military operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) began in Mosul seven months ago, nearly 700,000 people have been displaced, including 500,000 people from the city’s western neighbourhoods. Iraqi Security Forces have made rapid gains in north-west Mosul and ISIL terrorists are reportedly surrounded in the west of the city.“The military battle in Mosul isn’t over yet and even when it is, the emergency will continue for months… Hundreds of thousands of lives are at stake,” said Ms. Grande, stressing the need to re-double efforts to mobilize more resources to assist the people in need.She said many are lacking food and haven’t had access to safe drinking water and medicines for weeks or months.Acknowledging the generosity of people in other parts of Mosul who are opening their homes for displaced families, she said: “Without this support, the camps would have been overwhelmed long ago.”To date, the $985 million appeal for Iraq is less than 30 per cent funded. About $331 million is being sought for the Mosul assistance. read more