FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION SRI LANKA

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.

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August 30, 2010

Activist ( Poddala Jayantha)seeks international probe

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.

August 30, 2010

Human Rights Defenders Programme Visa Cancelled

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.

August 29, 2010

After the war: The answer begins in art

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.

August 29, 2010

The last debate on the constitution

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.

August 28, 2010

Foreign worker at Non Violent Peace Force evicted from the country

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.

August 28, 2010

Ravaya journalist who wrote false story on the JHU loses job

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.

August 28, 2010

PSD Chief asked to gather information on the opposition and the media

Presidential Security Division (PSD) head Major General Chagi Gallage has been appointed as the head of the Intelligence Regiment of the Sri Lanka Army.

August 28, 2010

Sri Lanka blocks over 100 porn websites

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.

August 26, 2010

Revision of the voter registry 2010- CaFFE

Only 30 out of 435 Grama Niladari Divisions in Jaffna completes the base survey / house-to-house enumeration exercise.

August 26, 2010

Adult websites, films banned

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.

August 25, 2010

SC Discharges Lanka Editor

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.

August 25, 2010

Cultural and psychological attack on Tamils in Jaffna

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

August 25, 2010

GoSL is now ready to discuss GSP+ again! What can the international community learn?

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”.

August 24, 2010

NfR express its concern on continued intimidation of Sirasa TV network

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.

August 23, 2010

Economist seized in Colombo

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.

August 23, 2010

TNA MPs face court cases for participating in a rally

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.

August 23, 2010

NGOs to be removed

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.

August 22, 2010

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.

August 22, 2010

Customs plays censor, detains The Economist

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.

August 22, 2010
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