For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

FMM seminar raided

Some of the participants at a media workshop organised at Janaki hotel. A team of immigration officers raided a workshop held by the Free Media Movement (FMM) at Janaki Hotel, … Continue reading

October 31, 2013

UPFA politico arrested for threatening journalist

A UPFA Pradeshiya Sabha (PS) member from Medirigiriya was arrested for threatening a journalist who exposed illicit felling of trees on the pretext of flood control measures in the area. … Continue reading

October 19, 2013

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

Sri Lankan Government try to ban No Fire Zone in Nepal

Once again the government of Sri Lanka has tried to prevent an international screening of No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka, this time in Nepal. Once again … Continue reading

October 10, 2013

Police investigation on journalist Mandana’s “house robbers” on standstill

Investigations regarding the armed gang of thugs who recently broke into the house of Sunday Leader Co-Editor Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema’s house in pursuit of certain documents, have currently come in … Continue reading

September 24, 2013

Al Jazeera blocked in Lanka because of election coverege

Al Jazeera television has been temporarily blocked in Sri Lanka over its election coverage today. Dialog Television is the main re-broadcaster of Al Jazeera television in Sri Lanka. Sources said … Continue reading

September 22, 2013

Sri Lankan police question BBC Tamil reporter

Security officials in Sri Lanka have questioned a BBC Tamil reporter over phone conversations he had with two Tamil prisoners. Anti-terrorist police summoned Ponnaiah Manikavasagam for questioning in Colombo on … Continue reading

September 6, 2013

Armed home invasion of Sri Lankan journalist couple

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins partners and affiliates, the Free Media Movement (FMM) and the Sri Lanka Working Journalists’ Association (SLWJA) in strongly condemning the armed home invasion … Continue reading

August 27, 2013

Military Personnel who Attacked Media Persons at Weliweriya Referred to Journalists as “Dogs” -SLJTU

(Text of a statement issued by the Sri Lanka Journalists Trade Union) Journalists from several media institutions were subjected to a brutal assault while covering a protest by villagers seeking … Continue reading

August 4, 2013

Sri Lankan diplomat bans British journalist ahead of CHGOM

A Sri Lankan diplomat has caused major embarrassment by telling Nobel Peace Prize nominated broadcaster that he will ‘make sure you don’t get a visa to come to Sri Lanka’ … Continue reading

July 9, 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

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

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

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

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

‘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

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