For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Two days after he was declared the winner of this week’s election, Reporters Without Borders appealed today to President Mahinda Rajapaksa to put a stop to arrests and intimidation of journalists working for privately-owned and foreign media.
The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that journalists in Sri Lanka have been subjected to government intimidation, arrests, censorship, and harassment in the aftermath of this week’s presidential election.
The European Union on Friday urged the Sri Lankan authorities to investigate reports of “irregularities” during the country’s recent election and ensure the safety of his defeated opponent.
Editor of the “Irida Lanka” newspaper, Chandana Sirimalwatte, has been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department on Friday (29) afternoon. According to his lawyers he was questioned for two hours and was detained for further questioning.
Sri Lankan authorities have withdrawn the visa granted to a Swiss reporter covering the island’s fiercely fought presidential vote and asked her to leave the country within 48 hours.
The editor of ‘Lanka Irida’ Chandana Sirimalwatta, who had been asked to call over at the CID to get a statement, has been arrested on detaining orders.Popular Sinhala language website lankaenews staff is under surveillance and pressure as authorities mounting various intimidations against the news site.
We five major media organizations in the country express our deep concern over the increasing media suppression in post presidential election situation. The presidential election was marred by various threats to non state media and misuse of state controlled public media.
It is reported that Sri Lanka Rupawahini corporation chairman Mr. Athugala who manipulated Rupawahini selectively aiming one candidate disregarding Supreme Court orders is now taking revenge from employees who supported the opposition.
Lanka e news’ has been locked up and sealed by an unknown group say journalists of the institution. They say when they reported for duty today the door of the institution had been locked up
A senior official of the government who had demanded the video tape of the scenes taken when Gen. Sarath Fonseka was leaving Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel, where he was staying when election results were being announced, is now threatening ‘Sirasa’ media institution for refusing to hand over the relevant tapes say reliable sources.
A group saying they are from the CID has broken into ‘Lanka Irida’ office a short while ago. They have informed the editor of the newspaper Chandana Sirimalwatta to go … Continue reading