For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
The UNP Ratnapura district M P Ranjan Ramanayake who participated in the Derana 360 TV show whose convener was Dilka Samanmali had threatened her father menacingly over the phone yesterday night (29) that he would put an end to Samanmali’s media life.
Police say the case has been suspended as no evidence has been found
A journalist union leader who was abducted and tortured by yet unidentified group says he will seek international justice as authorities in Sri Lanka have failed to bring the culprits to books.
Sri Lanka’s Chief of Immigration has terminated the visa given to Ms. Elizabeth Ogaya who is the Project Co-ordinator of the Human Rights Defenders Protection Programme (HRDPP). Ms. Ogaya, the Kenyan born HR professional is attached to the US-based Non Violence Peace Force (NVPF) in Colombo and was given until the 30th of August to prepare to leave the country.
22 artists come together to share a common experience of conflict, suffering and forward path of peace
For four days only – August 28 till 31 (10 a.m.- 7 p.m.) – the Lionel Wendt Gallery and the Harold Pieris Gallery are hosting an exhibition that aims to distil the artistic response to 26 years of civil war from across Sri Lanka’s social spectrum.
Take for example the question of the constitution. Among the debates of any nation, those on the constitutions would receive the highest place. Not so in Sri Lanka. No one any longer debates the constitution.
The Defence Ministry has ordered a Korean national lady involved in humanitarian work at the Non Violent Peace Force, an NGO that has been operating in the country for several years, to leave the country before the 30th of this month.
The Ravaya newspaper editor has decided to terminate the employment of journalist Ranjith Gunawardena with immediate effect after finding out the newspaper’s headline story last week written by him quoting JHU National Organizer and Spokesperson, Nishantha Sri Warnasighe on KP was false.
Presidential Security Division (PSD) head Major General Chagi Gallage has been appointed as the head of the Intelligence Regiment of the Sri Lanka Army.
Sri Lanka has blocked over 100 porn websites that allegedly feature local men and women, the government said Thursday, in its biggest yet Internet censorship move.
Only 30 out of 435 Grama Niladari Divisions in Jaffna completes the base survey / house-to-house enumeration exercise.
In yet another move to crackdown on pornographic material in the country, the Juvenile Court yesterday ordered a ban on 107 porn websites and local movies with adult content, officials said.
The Supreme Court today (25) warned and discharged the Editor of the Lanka Irida newspaper, Chandana Sirimalwatte from the alleged contempt of court charges and ordered him to publish a correction on a news item which appeared in the newspaper in June this year.
A Tamil diaspora visitor who recently went to see the archaeological site at Kantharoadai in the heart of Jaffna peninsula found all signboards in the site in Sinhalicized Sinhala
Several Western Sri Lanka experts – academic, NGO and foreign ministry officials – argued against trying to use the “stick” of GSP+. In fact there is a widely held belief (excuse?) that “the West mustn’t push too much or we lose influence”.
Networking for Rights wishes to express serious concern at the continued harassment and intimidation of the non-state TV network MTV/MBC, popularly known as Sirara, by various representatives of the government.
Sri Lanka authorities have detained the latest edition of The Economist magazine, its distributor in Colombo said. “We were not allowed to clear our copies of the Economist on Friday by the customs officials,” Vijitha Yapa told BBC Sandeshaya.
The Hatankudu Police has filed a case against three TNA MPs, provincial councilor, and head of the Unemployed Graduates Union for organizing and participating in a protest march in Batticaloa on August 11 against the unemployed graduates in the East.
The government is prepared to order NGO’s who are linked with funding the LTTE, to shut down and have their officials deported, Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratna told Daily Mirror online.
A former army intelligence officer Friday filed a Fundamental Rights application citing Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as a respondent for ordering his detention in connection with the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge – Editor-in-Chief of The Sunday Leader.
The latest edition of the London-based The Economist magazine which contained an article on Sri Lanka post-war recovery titled “Rebuilding, but at a cost.” was detained by the Customs on Friday, according to its local distributor Vijitha Yapa.