For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
The law provides for freedom of speech and of the press but in practice this was not always supported. The government owned the country’s largest newspaper chain, two major television stations, and a radio station.
The British Government in its Human Rights Report 2009 has named Sri Lanka as a “country of concern” as the media freedom continues to deteriorate and the poor human rights situation is exacerbated.
Gen. Sarath Fonseka petitioned Supreme Court yesterday (19th) requesting the Court to issue notice to authorities of SLRC including its Chairman to show cause why they should not be penalized for contempt of court for they had committed a crime by not adhering to guidelines issued during the presidential election by the Commissioner of Elections to electronic media.