FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION SRI LANKA

For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

Replacing investigations with gossip: The attempt to trivialize the campaign on the disappearance of Prageeth Ekneliagoda

By Basil Fernando (AHRC) There are discussions about Prageeth Eknaliagoda’s abduction and disappearance that go something like this: Was he a journalist or was he not a journalist? Was he … Continue reading

June 24, 2011

Online News Portals Temporarily Blocked in Sri Lanka

Media Release: Sri Lanka/    June 21, 2011 The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is concerned by reports that access to independent news portals Groundviews and Vikalpa was temporarily blocked on … Continue reading

June 23, 2011

Govt. defeats Right to Info bill

22 June 2011 /By Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera The government yesterday thwarted an attempt by UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya to present a private member’s bill which provided for … Continue reading

June 22, 2011

Media rights group want Issipriya’s death probed

21 June 2011 The New York-based media rights group Committee to Protect Journalists has called for an international inquiry into the death of LTTE television presenter, who was allegedly executed … Continue reading

June 22, 2011

‘Blocking websites restricts already limited space for alternative voices’ – CHR

21 June 2011 The Centre for Human Rights says it is serious concerned about blocking Groundviews, Vikalpa and the Transparency International websites, who act as alternative voices, by Sri Lanka … Continue reading

June 22, 2011

CID queries journalist over drug dealer arrest article

22 June 2011 The CID has questioned the ‘Divaina’ journalist who had written an article for the newspaper’s June 13 issue regarding the arrest of a drug dealer. Commercial crimes … Continue reading

June 22, 2011

Groundviews blocked in Sri Lanka

A number of user reports from Sri Lanka indicate that Groundviews is now blocked on Sri Lanka Telecom ADSL broadband Internet connections. It also appears that Vikalpa, our partner site … Continue reading

June 20, 2011

Karu J. to reintroduce Right to Information Bill in Parliament

UNP MP Karu Jayasuriya will make a second attempt to introduce the Right to Information Bill in Parliament on Tuesday. An attempt to move the Bill last September was thwarted, … Continue reading

June 19, 2011

Sri Lanka Tamil party says military attacked its poll campaign –

16 Jun 2011/  Reuters Jaffna, Sri Lanka, June 16 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s main ethnic minority Tamil party on Thursday said the military had attacked its campaign events in the … Continue reading

June 17, 2011

FMM condemns arrest of journalist, two others by Borella Police

Press Release The Free Media Movement (FMM) expresses grave concern about the arrest and interrogation of a female journalist and two others by the Borella police in the early hours … Continue reading

June 13, 2011

Five hundred days since the forced disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda

by Basil Fernando Five hundred days after the disappearance of journalist and cartoonist, Prageeth Eknaligoda, the family and friends of Prageeth as well as media organizations and human rights organizations … Continue reading

June 10, 2011

3 arrested over ‘aragalaya’ in poster

Friday, 10 June 2011 Police in Borella arrested three persons, including a woman, who were pasting posters for a seminar in the early hours of this morning (June 10). The … Continue reading

June 10, 2011

Magistrate pulled up by appeal court ( related to Lankaenews ban)

Tuesday, 07 June 2011 02:01 By Susitha R. Fernando The Court of Appeal yesterday ruled that Pugoda Magistrate W. Aravinda Perera had acted contrary to law by not complying with … Continue reading

June 7, 2011

Anonymous caller threatens TNA MP Saravanapavan for critisising the gov.

07 June 2011 TNA MP E. Saravanapavan has received a death threat over the phone. According to reports, an anonymous caller had threatened him around 9.25 last night (June 06). … Continue reading

June 7, 2011

Journalists other than from state media chased out from requiem mass

o4 June 2011 Journalists who had gone to cover the last rights for Roshen Chanaka, who was killed by police shooting at a demonstration held against the government’s attempt to … Continue reading

June 7, 2011

Nine cops interdicted for assaulting journalist

June 6, 2011/ By Saman Gamage and Chaminda Silva The Officer-in-Charge of the Mulleriyawa police and eight other policemen have been interdicted following Saturday’s alleged brutal assault on Neth FM … Continue reading

June 7, 2011

FMM condemns attack on Uthayan Journalist

Press Release The Free Media Movement (FMM) unequivocally condemns the recent attack on journalist S. Kavitharan by an unidentified group and views it as yet another serious blow to media … Continue reading

June 4, 2011

President’s media unit orders removal of newspaper headline:

02 June 2011 15:32 The head of the President’s media unit has pressurized all newspaper institutions to remove the head line they had in their news papers on the FTZ … Continue reading

June 2, 2011

Joint Action: Sri Lanka – Invitation to the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression

The International Federation of Journalists, co-author partner organisation International Media Support, and 37 signatory members of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), including co-authors the Writers in Prison Committee … Continue reading

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