FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION SRI LANKA

For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

Sri Lankan Journalists and HRDs under threat are eligible for UN Refugee status – UNHRC

A.3 Certain Journalists and Other Media Professionals  Recent reports document, amongst others, cases of harassment, arbitrary detention, threats and physical intimidation of journalists and other media professionals, allegedly perpetrated or … Continue reading

December 24, 2012

Prageeth Ekneligoda habeas corpus case before Appeal Court

photo: Prageeth’s family waiting for justice The habeas corpus case of missing journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda will be taken up by the Court of Appeal when the Magistrate’s Court inquiry is … Continue reading

December 23, 2012

2012: Exceptionally deadly, with a 33 per cent rise in the number of journalists killed

Source: Reporters Without Borders English Français Español (RSF/IFEX) – 19.12.2012 – This year has been exceptionally deadly, with a 33 per cent rise in the number of journalists killed in … Continue reading

December 22, 2012

European Parliament adopts new digital freedom strategy

(Human Rights Watch/IFEX) – December 11, 2012 – The European Union should enact new controls on internet surveillance technologies that have enabled human rights violations, Human Rights Watch and Reporters … Continue reading

December 20, 2012

Unidentified group trailing behind a Website Editor resident in UK

Our news providing source had confirmed that an unidentified group is trailing behind a Website Editor resident in the UK . It is the objective of this group to somehow … Continue reading

December 17, 2012

Petition against Daily News editor

A petition was submitted to the Supreme Court today(14)  stating that the editor of the ‘ Daily News, Mr. Rajpal Abeynayake  is continuously  insulting those engaged in the Judiciary, and … Continue reading

December 15, 2012

Sri lanka Media Freedom: Little Hope for Change

Sri Lanka’s quarter-century-long conflict with Tamil separatists has divided communities and polarised the media. Around 100,000 people died in the war and over a million fled to other countries. Both … Continue reading

December 14, 2012

SRI LANKA: “Don’t be misled by false propaganda of state media” – Lawyers Collective

Photo: Hudson Samarasinghe: mud slinging director of SLBC -  The Lawyers Collective calls upon the public not to be misled by the shameless, malicious and false propaganda of the State … Continue reading

December 14, 2012

Power and Energy Ministry Secretary orders to stop placing ads in Lakbima newspaper

Power and Energy Ministry Secretary, M.C.M. Ferdinando has directed the heads of all institutions affiliated to the Ministry to not give any advertisements to the Lakbima Sinhala newspapers or Lakbima … Continue reading

December 11, 2012

20 violence incidents in 28 years only against “Udayan” newspaper. Pointed out in parliament yesterday.

Continuous methods of repression are unleashed against the “Udayan” newspaper and 20 violence incidents have been unleashed was pointed out by Tamil National Alliance parliament member P.Ariyanenthiran yesterday in parliament. … Continue reading

December 7, 2012

New digital campaign demands justice in journalist killings

An average of 30 journalists are murdered each year in direct reprisal for their work, and the perpetrators are almost never brought to justice. To fight impunity in press killings, … Continue reading

December 7, 2012

Kiriella wants PSC sittings opened to media

An opposition member of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC), probing charges against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, yesterday suggested that the proceedings of the Committee be opened to the media as … Continue reading

December 7, 2012

SRI LANKA: Why not telecast the impeachment proceedings?

According to reports, the Chief Justice (CJ) through her lawyers have informed the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) that she wishes to waive the right to have the impeachment proceedings in-camera … Continue reading

December 5, 2012

A scheme for media control – things to come?

Sri Lanka needs a National Media Commission to steer Journalistic Ethics by Shenali Waduge In the absence of self-regulation by mass media and communication channels there is a need for … Continue reading

December 4, 2012

Editors’ Guild demands action against Uthayan editor’s attackers

Editor T. Thevananth The Editors’ Guild of Sri Lanka yesterday demanded action against those responsible for a recent attack on the Chief Editor of Uthayan, M. A. Kaanamylnaathan, a member … Continue reading

December 1, 2012

Sri Lanka: Arbitrary arrest of human rights defender Mr Sanjeewa Samarasinghe

On 27 November 2012, human rights defender Mr Sanjeewa Samarasinghe was taken into custody by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and questioned for 13 hours without a reason given or … Continue reading

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