FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION SRI LANKA

For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

Lawyers in North protest death threats

All judicial activities in the entire Northern Province came to a standstill as the lawyers went on indefinite strike in protest of a death threat on Chaavakachcheari Magistrate who was inquiring into a recent killing of a student after a ransom demand.

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May 6, 2010

Journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda’s abduction was due to a series of articles he wrote for a Newspaper called ‘Kolamba’ (Colombo) when the Presidential election was announced, wife of the missing journalist Sandhya Ekneligoda said yesterday.

May 6, 2010

Defence Secretary Rajapaksa says the LTTE rump is exploring every avenue to avenge Prabhakaran’s killing on the banks of the Nanthikadal lagoon last May.

May 6, 2010

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is awaiting details and verification that senior Sri Lankan journalist J.S. Tissainayagam will receive a full presidential pardon for his conviction on charges of “causing communal disharmony”.

May 6, 2010

Daily Mirror scribe assaulted

Senior Daily Mirror journalist Sandun A. Jayasekera was yesterday assaulted by some officers of the Presidential Security Division (PSD) in military uniform when he was covering an event attended by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Maharagama Cancer Hospital.

May 6, 2010

Journalist Ruwan Weerakoon released on bail

Journalist Ruwan Weerakoon who was arrested with some supporters of retired General Sarath Fonseka for allegedly conspiring against the government was released on bail by the Colombo Chief Magistrate Champa Janaki Rajaratna today on the direction of the Attorney General.

May 6, 2010

Change in top posts in state media institutes in Sri Lanka* Change in top posts in state media institutes in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka government has made several changes in the top posts of the state media, government sources say.

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