For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

Sri Lanka: The Need to Address Persistent Impunity for Violations and Abuses of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Amnesty International written statement to the sixteenth session of the Human Rights Council (28 February – 25 March 2011) Sri Lanka’s human rights record has not improved since Amnesty International … Continue reading

February 28, 2011

Three JVP offices attacked, polls violence increase

At least three JVP election offices came under attack last night and today morning as polls related violence increased with more than 100 incidents recorded by the election monitoring groups. … Continue reading

February 27, 2011

The Inaugural Convention of the ‘National Intellectuals and Professionals Organization’ founded by the intellectuals and professional serving throughout the island was held at the New Town Hall in Colombo yesterday … Continue reading

February 27, 2011

Who betrayed Journalist Richard de Zoysa?

(February 26, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Sri Lanka’s independent media coming under continuous threat intimidation and arson attack. Freedom of Expression has become a very significant issue and the Government … Continue reading

February 26, 2011

Sirasa Attackers contesting election

DM Some members of the gang that attacked Sirasa TV last year are contesting the March 17 local government election in the Kelaniya area, DNA MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake charged … Continue reading

February 24, 2011

NfR – Net working for rights in Sri lanka Exile network for media and human rights in Sri Lanka Press release/ 24 February 2011 NfR, Network of exiled Sri Lankan … Continue reading

February 24, 2011

The Island The Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises has revealed that the ruling UPFA owes the Rupavahini Corporation Rs.42 million for advertisements it had placed during the Presidential, Parliamentary and … Continue reading

February 22, 2011

Sri Lanka: Cricket authorities should ensure dignity and safety of sports journalists

Press Release/ 18 .02.2011 The Free Media Movement expresses its concern over two separate incidents where officials of  Sri Lanka Cricket Association   misbehaved towards sports journalists at a time when … Continue reading

February 21, 2011

Is It Time To Go?

No! I am not referring to Mubarak but to the expatriates who are functioning as the heads of agencies in the various INGOs in Sri Lanka. Don’t get me wrong … Continue reading

February 21, 2011

Local Gov election – EC has no powers to order media

Election Commissioner has no powers to issue orders to the media during forthcoming local government elections, says the Elections Department. Election Department (ED) said that as provisions of the 17th … Continue reading

February 20, 2011

Tamil priest hits out at arrest reports

  A Tamil Jesuit priest bailed after arrest in Sri Lanka claims local and international media have given distorted news about the incident and his meeting with a Chicago based … Continue reading

February 19, 2011

Lanka E-news lawyers ask courts to handle investigation

The Lanka E-news website, which suffered an arson attack last month by an unidentified group, complained to the Kaduwela Magistrate that it has no confidence in the independence of the … Continue reading

February 19, 2011

Lanka-e-News, The two suspects P M Soosantha alias Soosa and Udeni Sisira Jayalath alias Boothaya who were remanded by the police in connection with the arson committed on Lanka e … Continue reading

February 18, 2011

Mervin speaks! – waiting to fire his pistol

He is waiting impatiently to fire his legal pistol says the Minister of Public Coordination and Public Affairs Dr. Mervin Silva. “I’m waiting for that climax, the most auspicious time … Continue reading

February 17, 2011

I abhor the media :SL cricket security boss boorishly slams the door on the ICC too !

Lanka-e-News The Sri Lanka (SL) cricket Association Security advisor retired Major General Lorenz Fernando who always tries to throw his weight about and parade as a great ‘Lokka’ before the … Continue reading

February 17, 2011

Tamil media asked not to undermine reconciliation process

The Island The government fears a section of the Tamil media will make a sustained attempt to undermine the ongoing post-war reconciliation efforts. The SLFP is concerned that the LG … Continue reading

February 17, 2011

UN falters over Sri Lanka journalist’s disappearance

TamilNet Adding further fuel to the accusation that the United Nations under the current leadership has failed to take effective action on Sri Lanka’s war, the UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky … Continue reading

February 16, 2011

Commemorative lecture on second death anniversary of Lasantha Wickrematunge

Groundviews A commemorative lecture to mark the second death anniversary of Sunday leader editor  Lasantha Wickrematunge was held today. This is the first commemorative lecture to pay tribute to Late … Continue reading

February 16, 2011

Suspect Boothaya does not even know where the e news office is! – Lawyer Sandya Talduwa

Lanka-e-News, 15,Feb.2011, Attorney at law, Sandya Talduwa appearing for suspect Udeni Sisira Jayalath alias Boothaya requested court to give permission to the suspect in the e news arson case to … Continue reading

February 15, 2011


During the last two weeks some Cyber attacks have taken place on a few Electronic media (websites) in foreign countries that publish news and articles about the situation in Sri … Continue reading

February 15, 2011
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