For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

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

Internationally Renowned Journalist Struggles to Find Work in Puyallup

Investigative journalist Frederica Jansz is a political refugee of Sri Lanka and has found herself in Puyallup, with no friends or family. Now, the hard part begins as she struggles … Continue reading

June 26, 2013

Govt puts its media ethics on hold

MR for code formulated by media President Mahinda Rajapaksa says an all-inclusive code-of-ethics for the media should emerge from within the industry. The President’s office quoted the President as saying … Continue reading

June 21, 2013

Death threats to Journalist Dilka over the phone for exposing the charges of Gnanasara thera

During the recent Derana 360  programme the Ven.Gnanasara thera the General Secretary of the Bodu Bal a Sena organisation  participated. The conductor of this programme Dilka Samanmalee exposed that the … Continue reading

June 20, 2013

Muslim Photographer Attacked by Marching Sinhala Ravaya Protesters at Gandara in Matara District

D.B.S.Jeyaraj Another incident of anti-Muslim violence has occurred in the Southern province of Sri Lanka during the course of the protest march being conducted by the Sinhala Ravaya from Kataragama/Kathirkaamam … Continue reading

June 20, 2013

Sri Lanka: Proposed Media Code Threatens Free Speech – HRW

A new media code proposed by the Sri Lankan government contains overbroad and vague language that could have a severe and chilling effect on free speech, Human Rights Watch said … Continue reading

June 19, 2013

Ekneligoda abducted by an ‘organized group’ – MoD

UNP Kalutara District MP, Ajith P. Perera, yesterday told Parliament he was informed by the Ministry of Defence there was evidence to prove Prageeth Ekneligoda had been abducted by an … Continue reading

June 18, 2013

Ekneligoda’s wife asks court to call Arundika as witness

New claims on missing journalist renews international media rights organisations’ interest  The wife of missing cartoonist Prageeth Ekneligoda is to request court to allow UPFA Puttlam District parliamentarian Arundika Fernando … Continue reading

June 16, 2013

France says no evidence at all of Ekneligoda living there

France said yesterday there was “no evidence at all” to suggest that journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda, who disappeared in Sri Lanka three years ago, was living in that country. “We have … Continue reading

June 9, 2013

Govt MP who says he saw Prageeth in France is absent-minded now

Media grills Keheliya on Prageeth (Audio) The media today grilled Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella on the statement made in parliament yesterday by government MP Arundika Fernando on missing journalist Prageeth … Continue reading

June 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

FMM wants Sri Lankan Government to reveal information on Prageeth

Sri Lankan Government MP Arundika Fernando told Parliament today that Journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda who is missing since 2010 January is living in France. As the Free Media Movement of Sri … Continue reading

June 5, 2013

Eknaligoda is in France with his wife – Arundika Fernando

UPFA MP for the Puttalam District, Arundika Fernando stated in parliament that missing journalist Pradeep Eknaligoda was currently living with his wife in France. Responding to the opposition MPs who … Continue reading

June 5, 2013

Media, laptops and ethics

Editorial, The Island,June 4, 2013 All of a sudden, the government has evinced a keen interest in media ethics. It is apparently in a mighty hurry to introduce a code … Continue reading

June 5, 2013

Pressure from foreign missions, NGOs impede media freedom – Minister Weerawansa

For some people, media freedom means the freedom from state influence, but in actual sense it is the acceptance of ‘santhosam’ from and yielding to the pressure of certain foreign … Continue reading

June 2, 2013

Failed attempt to kidnap ‘Janarala’ news editor

The attempt made to kidnap the news editor of ‘Janarala’ newspaper G.D.L Priyadarshana on May 30th night has failed. Speaking to ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ regarding the incident he stated, “I … Continue reading

June 2, 2013

Sri Lanka to table a Draft Bill on Code of Ethics for Media

A Draft Bill containing a Media Code of Ethics aimed at creating ‘a salutary media culture in the country’ will be tabled in Parliament for adoption in September, Mass Media … Continue reading

May 31, 2013

Video: Goons block journo’s from taking pictures of judge .

Prior to the Homagama District Judge Sunil Abesinghe being taken out of the Cinnamon Gardens Police station this evening, goons  purported to be his supporters, threatened journalists present at the … Continue reading

May 31, 2013

‘Gossip Lanka’ block illegal – FMM

The blocking of two popular news websites in Sri Lanka ‘ Gossip Lanka’ ( ) and ‘ Gossip Lanka News’ ( ) is completely illegal, says Sunil Jayasekara  the … Continue reading

May 18, 2013

Gossip Lanka web site blocked – Anusha Palpita

Popular website ‘ Gossip Lanka ‘ (gossip lankanews .com) has been blocked, stated the Director General of Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Anusha Palpita. Speaking to ‘ Sri Lanka Mirror’ he stated … Continue reading

May 17, 2013

Police comes to Janarala office

Police attached to the Peliyagoda Crime Division have entered the office premises of the Janarala weekend publication a short while ago (May 16). Police have informed the Chief Editor of … Continue reading

May 16, 2013
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