FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION SRI LANKA

For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

Digital leap for broadcasting, Analogue system to wither away by 2017:

The terrestrial television broadcasting system would be converted to digital technology to keep pace with world trends, Cabinet spokesman and Mass Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said.

December 17, 2010

Appeal judge ‘criticised police’ ( over Prageeth case)

The judge in appeal court hearing the case of the disappearance of lankaenews journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda criticised the state counsellor for not filing the objections on behalf of the police.

December 15, 2010

Statement of support for WikiLeaks from Australian media editors and directors

Australia’s most senior media professionals – including editors of major newspapers
and news websites, the news directors of the country’s three commercial TV
networks and two public broadcasters – have written to Prime Minister Julia Gillard
to express their support for WikiLeaks.

December 14, 2010

Tamil journalist attacked in Batticaloa

An unidentified three person gang attacked a Tamil journalist Manikkapody Sasikumar, 35, in Batticaloa district, Sunday night around 7.30 p.m., causing severe injuries on his hands and head, according to reports reaching Colombo media. Sasikumar was admitted to the Batticaloa Teaching Hospital for treatment.

December 14, 2010

Former CJ on human rights situation in Sri Lanka

Former Chief Justice Sarath N. de Silva spoke on 10-12-2010 regarding the present human rights situation in Sri Lanka. He did so delivering the keynote address at the ceremony organized by ‘Intellectuals for Human Rights’ at the B.M.I.C.H. to commemorate the International Human Rights Day.

December 14, 2010

Singing National Anthem in Tamil is a joke – Wimal

Minister of Housing and Construction, Wimal Weerawansa voiced his support towards the Cabinet decision to do away with the Tamil version of the National Anthem, branding this practice a joke.

December 13, 2010

Sri Lanka’s external affairs minister’s pathetic defence of the freedom of only Rajapakse’s speech

In the recent debacle of President Rajapakse’s ignominious forced withdrawal of his address to the prestigious Oxford Union, his foreign minister, an academic known to be one of the most servile of sycophants not only of Rajapakse but also the members of his dynasty, chooses on this occasion to be the devil citing scripture on democracy, for the sake of his master and for his own parochial purpose.

December 13, 2010

National Anthem only in Sinhala; Tamil version out

Sri Lanka’s national anthem will remain only in Sinhala, the Cabinet decided on Wednesday. The move will mean that the current Tamil version will no longer be played at any official or state functions.

December 12, 2010

Police arrest 4 youths pasting stage drama posters

Police have arrested four youths who had been pasting posters for Sugath Mahadivulwewa’s stage drama ‘Sahathika Nokala Maranayak’, or ‘An Uncertified Death’.

December 11, 2010

UN HUMAN RIGHTS DAY, 2010 AND THE RIGHTS TO FREE EXPRESSION AND DISSENT IN SRI LANKA

December, 10 was declared as the UN Human Rights Day to remind the World on the principles laid down in the UN Charter on Human Rights. It is celebrated as a day of freedom to enjoy democratic rights all over the world. However in Sri Lanka the freedom of expression and the right to dissent, which are the key rights to ensure all the other freedoms, are under continued assault by the State and the unruly politicians and their henchmen of the party in power.

December 11, 2010

Defend Human Rights Defenders Who Act to End Discrimination – Navi Pillay

Since the United Nations was established over 60 years ago, there have been dramatic advances in crafting and implementing a system of universal human rights – rights which are, under international law, applicable to each and every one of us: old and young, male and female, rich and poor, whoever we are and wherever we are from

December 10, 2010

Journalists Injured in Attack on Political Leader in Sri Lanka

According to information received from IFJ affiliate the Sri Lanka Working Journalist Association (SLWJA), two journalists – Shanta Wijesuriya of the news portal Lanka-e-News and Prema Lal of Sirasa TV – were injured in the attack, whose principal target was the leader of the New Left Front, Wickramabahu Karunaratne, as he returned from an overseas trip.

December 10, 2010

Attack on journalists at BIA, State sanctioned attempt at suppressing media freedom -FMM

The Free Media Movement (FMM) unequivocally condemns Tuesday’s (7th December) attack on journalists at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and views it as yet another serious blow to media freedom, ethical and democratic right to impartial reporting.

December 10, 2010

SLWJA condemns attack, urge people to stand up to restore lost liberties – Sri Lanka Working Journalist Association

Sri Lanka Working Journalist Association (SLWJA) condemns in unequivocal terms the assault of two journalists at the Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) on Tuesday (7).

December 10, 2010

Another violation of media freedom in Sri Lanka – 24 arrested for pasting posters.

NfR expresses its strongest condemnation of new form of censorship being practicd in Sri Lanka. by the imposition of a ban on posters and the arrest of those pasting them. According to a report released by The Centre for Human Rights (CHR) in Sri Lanka, 24 persons have been arrested for pasting posters during the last few months.

December 5, 2010

Newspapers in Jaffna threatened – violence continues against media in Jaffna

NfR, the exile network for media and human rights in Sri Lanka is shocked and dismayed by renewed threats and violence against independent newspapers published in Jaffna, the Tamil heartland of Sri Lanka.

December 5, 2010

Journalist Isaipriya killed in execution-style murder by 53rd Division troops

The female Tamil journalist, Isaipriya alias Shoba (27), was killed during the final stages of the war by the troops belonging to 53rd Division of the Sri Lankan Army, in an execution-style murder at an unknown location in the island’s northern battle-zone.

December 5, 2010

Using outdated laws to prevent the displaying of posters

The Centre for Human Rights (CHR) – Sri Lanka has received information that 24 individuals have been arrested in the last few months for pasting posters and stresses that using outdated sections of the penal code to arrest and press charges against activists can be considered as an attack on the freedom of expression.

December 4, 2010

Chamal sad over unruly behaviour

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa yesterday expressed regret over the unruly behaviour of some MPs in the House.He sought the co-operation of all MPs to maintain the dignity and decorum of the House and asked them to conduct themselves in an exemplary manner.

December 4, 2010

LASANTHA WICKREMATUNGA MURDER CASE TAKEN UP FOR 38TH TIME

December 04, 2010: Submitting a report yesterday, the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) told the Mount Lavinia court that the case pertaining to the assassination of veteran journalist Lasantha, a veteran journalist Lasantha Wickrematunga had been handed over to the Terrorist Investigation Division(TID).

December 4, 2010