FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION SRI LANKA

For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

Lanka paper held back by the Police .

This week’s Lanka newspaper,  published by the rebel faction of the JVP has been seized by the Mt Lavina police. A spokesman for the group said that the motive appeared … Continue reading

September 30, 2011

Authorities fail to investigate death threats made against another journalist

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Mr. Krishan Jeewaka Jayaruk of Matara District is the regional news reporter of the Sinhala medium ‘Lankadeepa’ and English medium … Continue reading

September 29, 2011

Guard held for attacking journalist .

A private security guard was arrested after he is alleged to have manhandled and intimidated a provincial journalist attached to a private broadcasting corporation. According to a complaint made with … Continue reading

September 23, 2011

‘Lanka’ managing director arrested

Mirihana Police have arrested the managing director of ‘Lanka’ newspaper, published by the JVP affiliated Lanka Fast Publishers Pvt. Ltd. The MD, Venura Herath, and another employee of the newspaper, … Continue reading

September 23, 2011

Irida Lanka news paper circulation stopped by Grandpass Police

The circulation of Irida Lanka news paper was stopped by Grandpass Police after JVP’s mayoral candidate for the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) Sunil Watagala two other directors of the Lanka … Continue reading

September 22, 2011

Group storms ‘Lanka’ office

A group of men has forcibly removed certain documents and a car from the office of JVP-affiliated ‘Lanka’ newspaper this afternoon (Sept. 22), according to its publisher, Lanka Fast Publishers … Continue reading

September 22, 2011

Media workers of leading Tamil newspaper locked out .

In a major blow to free media staff members of the Colombo based Thinakkural Tamil news paper have been barred from entering the workplace on Tuesday. This follows the News … Continue reading

September 17, 2011

Thinakural’ newspaper sacks employees

Twenty three journalists and typesetters have been sacked by Thinakural newspaper, ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ learns. Their removal today (Sept. 14) follows directors of Thinakural’s publisher Thinakural Publications Pvt. Ltd. selling … Continue reading

September 14, 2011

An Assessment of Female Participation in Mainstream Media in Sri Lanka

INTRODUCTION This report presents the findings of the rapid assessment that Social Indicator (SI), the survey research unit of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) conducted on behalf of the … Continue reading

September 11, 2011

V FM MD assault, an act of intimidation – police

An armed group had assaulted V FM managing director Ruwan Sugathadasa recently with the intention of intimidating him into paying them extortion money, police investigations have revealed. Three suspects arrested … Continue reading

September 5, 2011

Tamil journalist who fled to France attacked

A Tamil journalist, who had fled the country and sought political asylum in France, has been injured in an assault at a railway station in Paris. ‘Namudu Eelanadu’ journalist Subramaniam … Continue reading

September 5, 2011

Malinda to head new NGO media project

A Canadian funded new media project to be implemented by SANASA group is to be headed by journalist Malinda Seneviratne, NGO sources indicate. Malinda Seneviratne is a freelance journalist who … Continue reading

September 4, 2011

Protest against threat to ‘Lankadeepa’ correspondent

Members of nine media associations staged a protest in front of Matara main bus stand this morning (Sept. 03) to condemn a reported death threat on a colleague. Southern provincial … Continue reading

September 3, 2011

3 remanded over V FM CEO attack

Courts have remanded until September 06 three persons arrested in connection with the assault on V FM radio channel’s chief executive officer Ruwan Sugathadasa. Two of the suspects have been … Continue reading

September 3, 2011

Top radio executive brutally assaulted .

A top executive with an independent private radio station was hospitilised after he was severely beaten up by a three-member gang close to his residence at Boralesgamuwa a short while … Continue reading

September 2, 2011

DM Journalist receives death threats

Daily Mirror Matara correspondent Krishan Jeewaka Jayaruk had allegedly been threatened by a UPFA Member of the Southern Provincial Council, Aruna Gunaratne, yesterday (1). He had received a threatening phone … Continue reading

September 1, 2011

Restriction on satellite TV equipment

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission has banned the importation of satellite television equipment without permission. However, such equipment to view government-approved television channels is still permitted, said TRC chief Anusha Pelpita. … Continue reading

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