For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Opposition groups say the state media is disregarding official guidelines set for the media to follow during the run-up to the North Western and Central Provincial Council elections. The elections are scheduled to be held on Saturday.
The Commissioner of Elections Dayananda Dissanayake has given specific instructions that the state-run electronic media comply with the guidelines.
Sri Lanka is hitting rock bottom in media freedom indices, and that’s not news. Going by the trend here, there is every likelihood the island would make steady progress in the area of curbing media freedom to the exclusion of all else, with the country probably heading the list, from the bottom order.
With the incidents in January causing worldwide concern with a debilitating arson attack on MBC/ MTV stations, the gruesome murder of The Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge and the attack on Rivira Editor, Upali Tennakoon, year 2009 commenced on a grim note.
( 8th FebSunday Leader) The JVP last week said that while the government misused the state media that was maintained on public funds for their benefit, the private media that … Continue reading