For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
The Lasantha Wickrematunga murder case was taken up again in the Mount Lavinia courts.
During the previous hearing, the Terrorist Investigations Division was ordered by the Chief Magistrate Nirosha Fernando to appear today and accordingly, an officer of that division appeared in court.
Minelle Fernandez, Colombo Correspondent for Aljazeera International won an award for Broadcast Journalism from the United Nations Correspondents Association(UNCA). She collected her medal from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon at a Gala award ceremony in New York.
NfR expresses its serious concern about the continuance of intimidations and threats against journalists and human rights defenders in Sri Lanka, contrary to the claim that normalcy has returned to the country. It is important to note that all these acts of rights violations take place with complete impunity even though twenty months have lapsed after the end of the war.
The headline story of the Sunday Times of 12 December 2010 was deeply disturbing. According to it the Cabinet has made a decision that henceforth the national anthem will only be sung in Sinhala. Subsequent reports confirmed that the issue was discussed in cabinet but that no final decision had been taken. In the meantime the status quo was to be maintained.