FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION SRI LANKA

For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

SL media curbed to publish news on military appointments, transfers

Sri Lanka’s Defense Ministry with immediate effect banned publishing news of all transfers and appointments of the military officers of the three armed forces, Sri Lanka Army (SLA), Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) and Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF). Media institutions have been asked to report on such transfers and appointments only with the approval of the Media Centre for National Security. Publishing such stories could lead to direct or indirect threat to national security and military officers concerned, according to a press release by the Defense Ministry.

Military sources further said this order has been made to curb the current trend of publishing military stories without necessary approval of the authority concerned.
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=32524

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