For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

Sri Lanka’s media struggles to cope with death threats and harassment

Newspapers are attacked, printing presses burned. As Sri Lanka prepares to controversially host the Commonwealth summit The Telegraph visits the country to discover the state of its media By David … Continue reading

October 19, 2013

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s ‘bright ideas’: self censorship instead of imposed ethics

Kath Noble Mahinda Rajapaksa has had another bright idea. A few weeks ago, he got one of his hangers-on in the ‘public service’ to float a draft code of ethics … Continue reading

June 26, 2013

OBSERVING Press Freedom in Sri Lanka

May 3 World Press Freedom Day The valour of the pen during self-censorship T homas Jefferson in a letter to James Currie on January 28, 1786 wrote “our liberty depends … Continue reading

May 4, 2013

Attempts to Disrupt “Rally for Unity” by Boys Distributing “Patriotic” Leaflets Foiled but Organizers of Event Followed by “Mystery” Men

 By The Puppeteer The only monkey wrench cast into the cogwheels of the Rally For Unity, was the circulation of leaflets opposing the highly publicised event. The leaflets contained the … Continue reading

May 1, 2013

Print Media in Jaffna: Latest Victims of Media Suppression in Sri Lanka

Suppression of media has been endemic to Sri Lankan political history since independence but however analyzing the last few decades the Centre for Human Rights and Research (CHR) & Campaign … Continue reading

February 13, 2013

Govt media commissar’s media ethics is Ideal for dictators

By Gamini Weerakoon There are at least two codes of ethics for journalists in the print media but there appears to be none for journalists in the electronic media – … Continue reading

January 26, 2013

In Sri Lanka, an unsolved murder

R. K. Radhakrishnan Lasantha Wickrematunge’s killing has become part of a long list of attacks on the media that the state is yet to investigate seriously It was exactly four … Continue reading

January 9, 2013

Lasantha’s Killers Roam Free

Four years after the brutal assassination of the Founding Editor-in-Chief of The Sunday Leader newspaper Lasantha Wickrematunge, the police are yet to make a breakthrough and the murderers are roaming … Continue reading

January 6, 2013

2012: Exceptionally deadly, with a 33 per cent rise in the number of journalists killed

Source: Reporters Without Borders English Français Español (RSF/IFEX) – 19.12.2012 – This year has been exceptionally deadly, with a 33 per cent rise in the number of journalists killed in … Continue reading

December 22, 2012

Sri lanka Media Freedom: Little Hope for Change

Sri Lanka’s quarter-century-long conflict with Tamil separatists has divided communities and polarised the media. Around 100,000 people died in the war and over a million fled to other countries. Both … Continue reading

December 14, 2012

New digital campaign demands justice in journalist killings

An average of 30 journalists are murdered each year in direct reprisal for their work, and the perpetrators are almost never brought to justice. To fight impunity in press killings, … Continue reading

December 7, 2012

SRI LANKA: Why not telecast the impeachment proceedings?

According to reports, the Chief Justice (CJ) through her lawyers have informed the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) that she wishes to waive the right to have the impeachment proceedings in-camera … Continue reading

December 5, 2012

GoSL must remove all restrictions imposed on media – Jacob Mathew, Global President of WAN-IFRA

The government and parliament must heed the voice of the world and remove all restrictions they have imposed on the media through legislation and ordinances, said Jacob Mathew, Global President … Continue reading

November 27, 2012

Restrictions and intimidation on journalists covering resettlement process in the Vanni

Ruki “The Government should ensure the freedom of movement of media personnel in the North and East, as it would help in the exchange of information contributing to reconciliation” (Lessons … Continue reading

October 29, 2012

Landmark Supreme Court Judgment Recognizes ‘Economic Rights’ of Journalists in Sri Lanka

A stripped naked Tamil youth sits on a concrete step at the Borella bus stand as a laughing Sinhalese mob dance around him. Dr.Wickrema Weerasooriya In a ground breaking judgment … Continue reading

October 22, 2012

Sri Lankan government moves to gag web sites

By Vilani Peiris Sri Lankan Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella announced on July 12 that the government planned new regulations under the draconian Press Council Act to control web sites. Once … Continue reading

August 1, 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

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
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