FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION SRI LANKA

For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

Arson Attack on Online News Portal Office in Sri Lanka – IFJ

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) strongly condemns an arson attack on the offices of LankaENews, a popular news portal operating out of a suburb of the Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo.

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January 31, 2011

Attempts to destroy Govt. image – media minister ( Lanka E news issue)

The attack on news website, LankaeNews was carried out by a group in an attempt to destroy the image of the Government in the eyes of the people, Media and Mass Media and Communications Minister, Keheliya Rambukwella said

January 31, 2011

Lanka E News office set on fire

Lanka e news website has been set on fire this early morning (31) at about 2.00 a.m. by a group of unidentified individuals.

January 31, 2011

Unidentified thugs set fire to Lankaenews office

An unidentified group of thugs has broken the locks at the Lankaenews office in Daham Mawatha, Malabe, and set fire to all the files, computers and other equipments. The group has thereafter set fire to the office building.

January 31, 2011

Popular independent website office set on fire in Colombo

http://www.lankaenews.com office located in Daham Mawatha, Malabe, Sri Lanka has been set on fire around 2.00 am, 31 January 2011.

January 31, 2011

Sri Lanka literary festival discusses journalist’s plight

During a lunchtime session at the Galle Literary Festival, one isolated-looking teenager sat among the audience. He watched for a while before getting up and joining his mother standing at the back.

January 30, 2011

Hypocrisy At The University Of Colombo

By Vimukthi Yapa What happens when an institute of higher education, endowed with the responsibility to provide everything in its power towards improving the educational experience of its students, fails … Continue reading

January 30, 2011

Freedom Of Expression In Sri Lanka, Circa 2011 – The Boycott debate

By Indi Samarajiva Reporters Sans Frontiers has protested the lack of freedom of expression in Sri Lanka. Their main target seems to be the government, though they have taken shots … Continue reading

January 30, 2011

GALLE LITERARY FESTIVAL HIJACKED BY POLITICS –

The Fifth Galle Literary Festival may not result in any developments in the field of literature to attract international attention of scholars and writers but it certainly has resulted in the generation of much political polemics to draw in world renowned writers and commentators such as Noam Chomsky and Tariq Ali.

January 29, 2011

The government in post war Sri Lanka is fast militarising the administrative and diplomatic services. The appointment of military heads to key Sri Lankan missions overseas and state institutions has become a talking point among the general public.

January 29, 2011

Prageeth missing due to ‘chemical weapon probe’

The main reason for the disappearance of a journalist is an investigation he carried out on the alleged use of chemical weapons by Sri Lanka forces, says his wife.

January 29, 2011

Sri Lanka: Divisions over S. Lanka book festival boycott call

Does it make sense to defend freedom of speech by calling on writers not to speak at a literary festival?
The question is being asked in Sri Lanka this week, after media freedom group Reporters Without Borders called on authors to boycott the Galle Literary Festival because of the country’s human rights record.

January 28, 2011

Sri Lanka: Stonewalling on Wartime Abuses, Civil Society and Media Face Threats, Intimidation – HRW

The Sri Lankan government refuses to investigate alleged war crimes despite growing evidence of widespread atrocities during the civil war that ended in 2009, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2011.

January 27, 2011

Prageeth Case: United Nations Must Intervene – IFJ

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) lends full support to a petition submitted to the United Nations in Colombo by Sandya Eknaligoda, on the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of her husband, Prageeth Eknaligoda.

January 27, 2011

Colombo Church helps find missing journalist

Priests, journalists and artists in Sri Lanka have accompanied a woman to appeal to the United Nations office in Colombo to help find her missing husband.

January 27, 2011

Petition to UN to expedite finding missing journalist

The Alliance of Media Organizations (AMO) and Sandya Eknaligoda, wife of missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, yesterday handed over a petition to UN

January 25, 2011

Sunila Abeysekara on RSF/JDS appeal to boycott the Galle Literary Festival

As you know I have dedicated the past thirty years of my life to defend human rights and media freedom in Sri Lanka, and continue to live and work in this country. The past years have been very difficult ones, especially as we face continuing attacks and intimidation from both state and non-state forces in the aftermath of the war and in the absence of any credible process of political negotiation with the Tamil community, let alone any process of reconciliation or healing.

January 24, 2011

Prageeth to UN Panel

Monday, 24 January 2011 altWife of missing journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda today handed over a submission letter to the UN Panel of Experts detailing how her husband’s whereabouts are still unknown … Continue reading

January 24, 2011

GLF boycott: This time around charlatans hijacked media activism

A group of exiled Sri Lankan journalists, Journalists for Democracy (JDS) and Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF) have launched a global appeal to boycott the Galle Literary Festival.

January 23, 2011

One Time Human Rights Champion Turned Oppressor

Following a statement made at a breakfast meeting with media heads by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in regard to setting up a separate investigative unit to monitor websites publishing news items against the government and the security forces, The Sunday Leader contacted the Lanka News Web Editor, Chandima Withanaarachchi via e-mail for his response.

January 23, 2011