Widespread Arrests Used to Intimidate the Population – Groundviews (Me: Sri Lanka – collapse of government leads to worse government – autocracy reigns – sadly0

Journalists and media personnel are a top priority in the arrests, which  are not on the basis of any illegal acts committed by media personnel; they are being targeted for providing information to the people. Thus, belonging to the free media is considered an offence when in fact the law protects the right to freedom of expression as a fundamental right recognized by the constitution. However, emergency laws are being used to override the constitution itself.

The second group that has been targeted are trade unionists and people involved in movements that protect the rights of people. The right of association is also recognized as a fundamental right in the constitution and it is necessary for the maintenance of a free and civilized society. Students are particularly targeted with several reports of arrests and detentions. 

Source: Widespread Arrests Used to Intimidate the Population – Groundviews