FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION SRI LANKA

For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

Economic aid should be linked to press freedom in Sri Lanka, veteran Tamil journalist J. S. Tissainayagam, who was released from government custody by international pressure earlier this year, said Wednesday.

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November 27, 2010

THREAT TO YARLTHINNAKKURAL IS A CLEAR INDICATION OF COMPELED SELF-CENSORSHIP

The Center for Human Rights (CHR) Sri Lanka releasing a press release emphasis that attacks and the degree of intimidation on Jaffna media have rapidly increased, during the past few days.

November 27, 2010

SLA holds leader of protestors under house arrest in Karaichchi

More than ten Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers arriving Thursday around 11:00 a.m at the house of the President of Oottuppulam Rural Development Society (RDS), who led the protest demonstration Wednesday demanding the cancellation of the sudden transfer of Karaichchi Divisional Secretary on the instructions of SLA authorities, continue to hold him under house arrest surrounding his house, sources in Ki’linochchi said.

November 26, 2010

Two helmeted armed men arriving on motor cycles Thursday night to the offices of two Tamil dailies published in Jaffna issued letters threatening them not to publish any news about Heroes’ Day that falls on Saturday, media sources in Jaffna said.

November 26, 2010

Arresting and charging individuals who distribute handbills in order to create awareness on political, commercial, social or cultural issues under the regulations of the National Environment Act (NEA) is a violation of the freedom of speech entrusted under the Constitution, Center for Human Rights (CHR) Sri Lanka says.

November 26, 2010

A fundamental rights petition against the arrest while pasting posters

The National Trade Union Centre (NTUC) states that it will file a fundamental rights petition against the arrest of its activists by the Police while pasting posters.

November 26, 2010

The writer accused for inspiring religious harm seeks legal advice

Police has informed the Colombo Magistrates Court that it will take action to take legal advice from the Attorney General regarding Malani Perera alias Sahara Binith Mohammed Naim who is accused for writing a book ‘Anduren Eliyata and Questions Answers’ contradicting Buddhist rituals and views.

November 26, 2010

Suspect in Lasantha case bought five SIM cards: CID

The CID yesterday informed the Mount Lavinia Magistrate that the main suspect arrested in connection with the killing of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickramatunga had purchased five SIM cards using his national identity card.

November 20, 2010

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) authorities in Vanni have instructed all schools and other such public institutions and organizations in their areas to inform them in advance if any political persons, representatives of volunteer organizations and Non-government Organizations (NGOs)

November 20, 2010

International Award For Sri Lankan Journalist – IFJ

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) welcomes the awarding of an anti-corruption prize to Sri Lankan journalist and press freedom activist Poddala Jayantha, who was forced into exile after a brutal attack in June 2009.

November 19, 2010

URGENT ALERT -Sri Lanka : A Tamil journalist arrested at the Colombo Airport

A London based Tamil journalist has been arrested on Wednesday (17) at the Colombo Airport, while he was on his way to visit his family. A British passport holder, Karthigesu Thirulogasundar (37), was arrested by the officers attached to Sri Lankan state intelligence agency and currently being held in an undisclosed location.

November 19, 2010

Thug attack on Handunneththi in Jaffna – journalist too assaulted

JVP Parliamentarian Sunil Handunneththi and a group of people have been attacked in Jaffna town today evening by a group of Sinhala speaking people who appear to be from security forces. Mr. Handunneththi has received an injury on his head due to the attack.

November 15, 2010

Lasantha Trial: Mobile Phone Thief Sentenced

The man found guilty of stealing the mobile phone of slain Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge on January 8, 2009 was sentenced to six months rigorous imprisonment by Chief Magistrate Nirosha Fernando of the Mount Lavinia court on Friday, November 12.

November 14, 2010

Sri Lanka denies visas to Al Jazeera, as reported by TDN previously.

Sri Lanka has denied visas to at least three staff members of Al-Jazeera television, after the station broadcast images of bodies and execution-style killings, said to have occurred during the final weeks the civil war against Tamil rebels last year.

November 14, 2010

Excellence in exile

Battered and bleeding, journalist Poddala Jayantha lay on his hospital bed when we visited him on June 2, 2009. He was lucky to be alive after being brutally assaulted by a group of unidentified assailants just the previous day.

November 12, 2010

GOVT. TO SET UP BROADCAST DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY FOR ELECTRONIC MEDIA

The government is planing to set up a National Broadcast Development Authority for electronic media, says the Secretary to the Ministry of Mass Media W. B. Ganegala.

November 11, 2010

Sri Lanka blocks BBC from travelling to war commission

The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission hears from Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse at hearings in Colombo, Sri Lanka, August 2010 Human rights groups say the war commission, which started hearings in August, is not independent.

November 11, 2010

Govt seeks more teeth for NGO definitions

Sri Lanka Government has decided to give new effects to INGOs and NGOs with the view to broaden its definitions.

November 10, 2010

I thank the International Tamil Association of Journalists for having invited me to participate in this conference and consider it a privilege to address this august assembly on, “The Tamil National Question and Media in a Globalising World “.

November 7, 2010

TamilNet wartime correspondent from Vanni reaches a free country

Living incognito since May 2009, the TamilNet chief correspondent who reported from Vanni during the war, reached a free country this week. He was just 24 when he joined TamilNet. He didn’t know much English.

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