FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION SRI LANKA

For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

Harvard Universitys Kennedy School of Government (KSG) asked a Sri Lankan newspaper for a retraction, as the newspaper carried a severely distorted, news article regards a panel discussion that had taken place at the School.

A Sri Lankan newspaper, The Nation last Sunday in a front page story titled LTTE threat to disrupt Harvard discussion on Lanka turns into damp squib carried an article detailing a panel discussion attended by Sri Lankas Permanent Representative to the UN Palitha Kohona, and said a journalist who had been convicted for 20 years in Sri Lanka and is now a Nieman Fellow had attempted to block the event. The Kennedy School in a letter to the editor that it also carried on its website said that The Nations article presented a severely distorted account of the seminar and carried a number of inaccurate claims about individuals associated with the event.

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