For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
A Sri Lankan Tamil has been named foreign journalist of the year at the British Press Awards in London. JS Tissainayagam was arrested in 2008 and sentenced to 20 years in jail for inciting racial disharmony in his magazine. He was bailed in January.
The British Press Awards have for more than 30 years celebrated the best journalism from the national press.
Reporters Without Borders appeals to President Mahinda Rajapaksa to order the release of the results of the police investigation into leading cartoonist and political reporter Prageeth Eknaligoda’s disappearance two months ago.
A senior police officer told Lanka News Web that there was no surprise to see mobs attacking the Sirasa network office in Colombo when the President has openly told the Cabinet of Ministers not to give any governing party advertisements to Sirasa and not to invite them for any UPFA press conferences.