FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION SRI LANKA

For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

Black July commemoration: Jaffna police won’t allow display of inflammatory posters

The police in the Northern Province are on alert to thwart possible attempts by political elements to destabilize the region with intelligence received that some politically motivated groups were working … Continue reading

July 29, 2012

TNA posters taken into custody .

Police spokesman Ajith Rohana today denied that former TNA parliamentarian M.K. Sivajalingam and seven others were arrested while transporting posters in Nelliyadi, Jaffna last night. SP Rohana said the posters, … Continue reading

July 27, 2012

Lanka Mirror employees granted leave to proceed with rights case

The Supreme Court yesterday granted leave to proceed with the fundamental rights violation application filed by six employees of the Lanka Mirror Web. Leave was granted on the alleged illegal … Continue reading

July 27, 2012

“Chitrapata” magazine banned for criticizing Kusa Pabha

The distribution of the magazine called “Chitrapata” (Film) has been stopped due to a review published on the Kusa Pabha film. Themagazine is a publication of the National Film Corporation. … Continue reading

July 25, 2012

Whither Sri Lanka’s media?

Inside Outsider Image courtesy Now Public Having been through the grind in the field of Sri Lanka’s mainstream print journalism for nearly two decades, what I feel is a growing … Continue reading

July 24, 2012

Srilankamirror charged under Obscene Publications (Amendment) Act

The CID today (July 23) informed the Colombo Magistrate’s Court that they have found material violating the Obscene Publications Act from the computers seized from the office premises of Srilankamirror. … Continue reading

July 23, 2012

Sri Lanka: Internet freedom further restricted by imposing registration fees

Press release/ 20 July 2012 The NfR condemns the recent actions taken by the Ministry of Mass Media and Communication in Sri Lanka to curtail the dissemination of ideas and … Continue reading

July 20, 2012

Sri Lanka Mirror case put off

The court case pertaining to the Sri Lanka Mirror and Sri Lanka X News websites has been put off until July 23. The postponement came in view of a strike … Continue reading

July 20, 2012

CID questions Uthayan Editor .

The Editor of the Jaffna based Uthayan newspaper was questioned by the CID yesterday following a news story referring to Army Commander Jagath Jayasuirya The CID had asked the Chief … Continue reading

July 19, 2012

SLFP-men issue death threat to journalists in Mannaar

Two newspaper reporters in Mannaar have complained to Tamil Journalists Association in Vanni that ruling SLFP-men have issued death threats to them for their reporting on inciting violence at Koanthaip-piddi … Continue reading

July 17, 2012

Ruwan Ferdinandis once more at the CID

Director editorial of Sri Lanka X News and former director editorial of Sri Lanka Mirror,  Ruwan Ferdinandis was summoned today (July 16) as well to  the CID, for questioning. Mr … Continue reading

July 17, 2012

Six Sri Lankan journalists sue over their arrests, say gov’t trying to stifle free expression

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Six Sri Lankan web journalists filed a court case Tuesday seeking for their arrests last month to be declared illegal and demanding compensation, an attorney said. … Continue reading

July 17, 2012

Errant websites: Avoid collective punishment – Editorial The Island

The government has, true to form, donned the armour of a knight errant to further its own interests deftly, if not cunningly, on the pretext of protecting the citizens’ rights … Continue reading

July 17, 2012

The ‘chilling’ of free expression in Sri Lanka

Is there any other country in the civilized world where the police act under a repealed section of the penal law when making arrests and that gigantic mistake is then … Continue reading

July 8, 2012

EU’s coddling of wild ass media harms a vigilant watchdog press

For a government and a system that is riddled with flaws, and that enjoys excessive wiggle room for carrying out certain undemocratic actions — the most effective antidote would be … Continue reading

July 8, 2012

Raid on two websites: Computer info still being analysed, say Police

The data obtained from the computers confiscated by the CID during the raid of two news websites – SriLanka Mirror and Sri LankaXnews – are still being analyzed, a senior … Continue reading

July 8, 2012

Who’s afraid of the Freedom of Information Bill? . Editorial , DM

 If  Government  is serious and honest about restoring media freedom which is vital for the reactivation of democracy, then it must support the Freedom of Information Bill and implement it … Continue reading

July 7, 2012

Stay order in support of Uthayan news paper

A stay order was issued by the Appeal Court today against the Jaffna Magistrate from taking steps to make the Editor of the Uthayan newspaper to apologize in court over … Continue reading

July 6, 2012

Websote raid has no legal basis – Ranil W

Hon. Speaker, The Police Officers who raided the office of Sri Lanka Mirror and Sri Lanka X News at Kotte on 29th June took its equipment and nine persons serving … Continue reading

July 6, 2012

News websites to come under the Press Council Law

Media Minster and cabinet Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said that the Press Council Law would be amended to include news websites, so as to ensure a more equitable right to information. … Continue reading

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