FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION SRI LANKA

For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

Al Jazeera Listening Post: Media narrative in post-war Sri Lanka

One of the consequences of war is that even after the fighting stops media freedom remains precarious.That is what it is like in Sri Lanka more than two years after its Sinhalese-led government declared victory in its 26-year-long civil war with the separatist forces of the Tamil Tigers.

During the war – especially towards the end – the government denied the media access to the war zone.

Media narrative, segment on Sri Lanka starts at 13:55 Minutes into the show see vedio here:
Government rhetoric at the time was, “you are either with us, or against us”. Now, after the war that sentiment has continued and has been directed particularly at the media.

Journalists investigating what happened during last days of the war, or even looking into more mundane stories alleging government corruption or wrongdoing still find themselves working in dangerous territory. The Listening Post’s Meenakshi Ravi looks at the media environment in post-war Sri Lanka and the ongoing struggle in which journalists find themselves, in reporting on the government.

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