Former General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Working Journalists’ Association (SLWJA) Poddala Jayantha recently lodged a complaint with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), requesting an investigation into his abduction and torture in June, 2009. Journalist Poddala Jayantha began his journalism career in 1989 as a freelance journalist at Ravaya. Later, he joined Lake House and was working as an investigative journalist at the time when he was abducted in a white van and tortured. Later in 2010, he had fled the country and is currently living in the USA under the status of a refugee. In an interview with the Dailymirror , Jayantha said he could have survived unharmed if he toed the government line, and as he did not do so, he had to pay the price.