Placards prominent at Sidmouth Amnesty event

East Devon Amnesty International campaigns for return of missing journalist and businessmen

PLACARDS showing pictures of unjustly incarcerated prisoners of conscience attracted customers to East Devon Amnesty International’s book and jewellery stall during Sidmouth FolkWeek.

It took place on the first weekend of the festival, outside the Unitarian Old Meeting chapel, and raised �232.

Two letters received over 100 signatures each – one to the Sri Lankan government asking it to investigate the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, who vanished on the way home from work in January following a raid on the offices of the website Lanka E News.

The other, a petition to authorities in Pakistan, putting pressure on them to bring to justice those involved in the disappearance of businessman Masood Ahmed Janjua and engineer Faisal Faraz, received 120 signatures.

A card was also signed to send to Masood’s wife.