For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

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 Lanka: War against journalists continues; another editor fled the country

FMM Press Release/18.09.2013 Senior journalist and Co-editor of the Sunday Leader newspaper Ms. Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema fled Sri Lanka to a North American country on 17th September 2013, according to … Continue reading

September 18, 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

Lasantha killing: Second suspect discharged .

Second suspect Kandegedera Priyawansa, who had been on bail in connection with the killing of former Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickremethunga was discharged by Mount Lavinia Chief Magistrate Rangajeewa Wimalasena. … 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

Journalist victimised for criticising Rajapaksha clan by Derana TV

Kelum dearana 410px 06-08-1An announcer in a famous FM channel in Sri Lanka says that he was given the job via a phone call and was fired via an SMS. … Continue reading

August 6, 2013

Uthayan attacked again!

Another attack has been made upon a journalist working in the Uthayan news paper in Jaffna, by an unidentified armed gang last night. The journalist named Gunalan Thilepan who got … Continue reading

July 11, 2013

Mervyn’s Supporters Curse Sunday Leader

Supporters of Public Relations Minister Mervyn Silva broke coconuts at the Muneshwaram Temple in Chilaw last Friday and cursed The Sunday Leader newspaper. The Minister’s supporters cursed the owner of … Continue reading

July 1, 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

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

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

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

US reminds Lanka on media freedom

The United States has reminded the Sri Lankan government that support for media freedom was one of the many recommendations of the LLRC report and a component of the recent … Continue reading

April 16, 2013

Uthayan newspaper offcie attacked by gunmen

Early morning incident – printing machine scorched, press set on fire by unknown group this morning. An attack is again executed against the “Udayan” daily newspaper published from Jaffna today in … Continue reading

April 14, 2013

Sri Lanka newspaper office attacked, five workers hurt

By N. Parameswaran JAFFNA, Sri Lanka |(Reuters) – An unidentified group of people attacked an office of a Tamil-language newspaper that is critical of the government in Sri Lanka and … Continue reading

April 4, 2013


The Free Media Movement expresses deep concern over the attack on  Sunday Leader journalist, Faraz Shaukataly at his residence off Hotel Road in Mount Lavinia, Colombo,  and demands that the … Continue reading

February 19, 2013

Gunmen shoot Sri Lanka investigative journalist

(Reuters) – Unidentified gunmen shot and seriously wounded a Sri Lankan investigative journalist, colleagues and officials said on Saturday, prompting condemnation from the United Nations’ top human rights official. Three … Continue reading

February 16, 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

Judges defamed by state media –Karu

‘It is very harmful, when the judicial system and judges are defamed by the state media, with political blessings. It is very unfortunate that those who govern the country fail … Continue reading

January 22, 2013
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