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Warning Of AH1N1 Re-emerging

The spread of the AH1N1 virus in neighboring India had resulted in the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry warning of a re-emergence of the virus in Sri Lanka.

Local authorities have however said that precautionary steps have been taken to prevent the virus from spreading in the country.

Senior Epidemiologist of the Health Ministry, Dr. Sudath Peiris has told the media that the previous 400,000 vaccine stocks for the AH1N1 virus which was requested from the World Health Organization (WHO) has been distributed to island wide hospitals.

According to Dr. Peiris, the government has requested for another one million vaccines from the WHO, as a precautionary measure.

The vaccines that have already been distributed among hospitals have been provided for free.

Dr. Peiris has said the steps were taken as precautionary measure because there was a high likelihood of the virus spreading to Sri Lanka from neighboring India.

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  3. Sri Lanka: Death threats against journalists Frederica Jansz and Munza Mushataq
    On 22 October 2009, human rights defenders Ms Frederica Jansz and Ms Munza Mushataq received identical death threats by post, both of which had been hand-written in red ink. Frederica Jansz is Editor-in-Chief of the Sunday Leader, and Munza Mushataq is the newspaper’s News Editor. The founder and former Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper, Mr Lasantha Wickramatunga, was murdered in January 2009, three weeks after receiving a similar death threat which had also been written in red ink.
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    The threatening letters were post-marked on 21 October 2009, and both letters included text saying “if you write any more, we will kill you, [and] slice you into pieces”. The journalists reported the letters to Sri Lanka’s Inspector General of Police, and also to local police in the capital, Colombo. However it has been reported that no action has been taken by the authorities to date. Frederica Jansz and Munza Mushataq publicised the threats in the Sunday Leader in an editorial entitled, “And Now They Come For Us” on 25 October.
    The death threats follow previous harassment of personnel from the Sunday Leader. In September 2009, the web page of the Media Centre for National Security, which operates under the ambit of the Ministry of Defence, carried an article refuting certain statements made to TV network /al Jazeera/ by Frederica Jansz in relation to the Channel 4 video. The article used terms such as “prostituting and prostitute.” In May this year, Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa brought a fresh case against the newspaper and against Frederica Jansz as editor, alleging that they were in contempt of an ongoing court case for having carried a profile on him days after the government brought to an end the civil war in Sri Lanka. Two weeks later, after a court hearing on the case, five lawyers who appeared for the Sunday Leader were named as ‘traitors’ by the government’s Defence Ministry web site.
    Front Line believes that the threats against Frederica Jansz and Munza Mushataq are real AND directly related to their work in the defence of human rights, particularly in their criticism of the Sri Lankan authorities. Front Line sees this as part of a pattern of ongoing harassment against the Sunday Leader and its employees. Front Line is seriously concerned for the physical and psychological integrity of Frederica Jansz and Munza Mushataq.
    We want to ensure that they are guaranteed with the security and physical and psychological integrity of Frederica Jansz, Munza Mushataq and all employees of the Sunday Leader – the best newspaper of Sri Lanka;

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