FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION SRI LANKA

For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

‘WITH NEW AMENDMENT, EC CAN CONTROL EVEN PRIVATE MEDIA DURING POLL TIME’

In the event the proposed 18th amendment to the Constitution comes through, the Election Commission, whose members are the nominees of the President, will be in a position to control even the private media during election time, says Srinath Perera, President’s Counsel.

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September 5, 2010

Foreigners Serving In NGOs Subject To Intelligence Clearance

The government currently hands over details of foreign nationals entering the country to serve in non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to the state intelligence units for clearance. The move is initiated as part of the government’s move to monitor the functions of NGOs operating in the country.

September 5, 2010

Police arrest 2 JVP members in Jaffna (for putting up posters)

Sri Lanka police in Jaffna arrested two members of Janatha Vimukthi Party (JVP) while they were putting up posters against the proposed 18th Constitutional Amendment at Hospital Road junction in Jaffna Saturday early morning, sources in Jaffna said.

September 5, 2010

Final Blow – Sri Lanka breakdown of remaining democracy slammed by newspapers

Sri Lanka’s main English weeklies have slammed a proposed change to the country’s constitution as the latest in a long list of moves by rulers to destroy individual liberties and break remaining democratic institutions.

September 5, 2010

Broadcasting Authority soon to be a reality

The government is to set up a Broadcasting Authority to regulate activities of both the state and private media.

September 5, 2010

Ranjan Ramanayake denies threatening talk show host

Ratnapura District United National Party Parliamentarian and popular film star Ranjan Ramanayake denied allegations leveled against him by the Derana TV talk show host Dilka Samanmali

September 5, 2010

AG clears Defence writer of charges

Attorney General on Firday (3) informed the Supreme Court that he had decided to clear Bottom Line and Nation newspaper Defence correspondent Ruwan Weerakoon of the charge that he was working to topple the government.

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