For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Tension surrounds today’s presidential election, especially for the press, which has had to face many obstacles. Use of the state media to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s campaign for another term has been accompanied by harassment and violence against privately-owned opposition media, culminating in the 24 January abduction of political reporter Prageeth Eknaligoda. Reporters Without Borders appeals to both sides to make every effort to avoid an Iran-style scenario in which the challenging of a questionable election result leads to a cycle of demonstrations and repression in which the press would clearly be one of the victims.
Two journalists from http://www.lankaenews.com complained to election commissioner that government owned Sri Lanka Telecom has blocked their server and they are unable to upload any news. This complained was made at 3.30 pm today.
Tuesday, 26 January 2010 12:33 A special police team from the Mirihana Police has been appointed to investigate the disappearance of Lanka e news journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, the editor of the … Continue reading
On January 2, a few days after appearing at a Fonseka rally, Upeksha Swarnamali filmed an episode in which her character had a row with her brother and left home. The next day, she says, her entire filming schedule for January was cancelled.