For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

Ban on News Website Lifted, Journalist Released from Custody

Media Release: Sri Lanka May 13, 2011 The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) welcomes the decision by a Sri Lanka court to order the release of journalist Shantha Wijesooriya and … Continue reading

May 13, 2011

Sri Lanka: Journalist arrested on contempt of court charges – NfR

Press release/ 26 April 2011 Networking for Rights (NfR) expresses it serious concern that Lanka-e-News journalists Shantha Wijesuriya has been arrested and remanded on contempt of court charges. He was … Continue reading

April 27, 2011

Renewed call to ensure security of Lanka-e-News staff and release of detained news editor

6th April 2011 On 24th March, the undersigned individuals issued a statement calling for urgent interventions to ensure the safety and security of the staff of the Lanka e-News website, … Continue reading

April 6, 2011

IFJ Questions Charges Against Sri Lankan Editor

Media Release: Sri Lanka The IFJ joins its affiliate the Free Media Movement (FMM) in calling for the immediate release of Lanka-e-News news editor Bennett Rupasinghe, who was arrested on … Continue reading

April 1, 2011

The JVP has expressed its vehement protest regarding the arrest of news editor of Lanka-e-News. This is stated in a communiqu issued by the party with the signature of its … Continue reading

April 1, 2011

The arrest of Lanka e News journalist Bennet Rupasinghe is an act of pure hypocrisy states the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF). A communiqu issued by the convener of IUSF … Continue reading

April 1, 2011

Obedient to her employer, the Rajapaksas Judge Jayaki remands Bennet

Magistrate Jayaki de Alwis has ordered the arrest of LankaEnews News Editor Bennet Ratnayake. The Magistrate was removed from the judiciary by former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva over an … Continue reading

March 31, 2011


A senior Sri Lankan journalist and the News Editor of Lankaenews website, Benett Rupasinghe, has been arrested today (31) by the Sri Lankan Police, dealing yet another blow to the … Continue reading

March 31, 2011


Police informed court yesterday that investigations were being carried out based on information regarding the involvement of a former member of Army Intelligence and a garage owner in the assassination of the editor of the Sunday Leader Newspaper Lasantha Wickrematunga.

January 6, 2011

Rule of Law and Tamil Rights – key challenges of democratization in post war Sri Lanka

Staring at a great opportunity of genuine democratization brought about by the end of the war, Sri Lanka appears to be going back to a more historical form of democracy that prevailed in ancient Greece, where democracy was effectively the will of a small group of privileged people, with majority of its people such as women and slaves prevented from participating in governance and politics

September 15, 2010

UK ‘concerned’ over curtails on media

minister says Sri Lanka should do more for reconciliation ‘rather than just words’

Alistair Burt, Minister for the Middle East and South Asia in the Coalition government, told the Westminster parliament that the government was aware of the ground situation in Sri Lanka.

September 14, 2010

Tiger ( journalist) remanded

The Court has remanded an alleged LTTE Journalist who was detained and questioned by the CID on the charges that he spread slanderous news against the government and the security forces.

September 8, 2010

Journalist on bail to be discharged

Journalist Ruwan Weerakoon, who is on bail will be discharged and the connected papers sent within a fortnight, Senior State Counsel Riyaz Hamsa told the Supreme Court when his fundamental rights petition was taken up for hearing on Friday.

September 7, 2010

Tissanayagam FR withdrawn

Senior Journalist J.S. Tissainayagams counsel today moved to withdraw the Fundamental Rights (FR) application filed by his client as he had received a presidential pardon.

September 6, 2010

Tutu: Persecution, disappearances in Sri Lanka, truely terrifying

Cautioning that “the international response to Sri Lankas worrying approach to human rights, good governance and accountability as a deafening global silence that may encourage other states to act in a similar way,” Elders, an independent group of eminent global leaders, said Tuesday

August 4, 2010

Restrictions hinder Sri Lankan journalists

Journalists in northern Sri Lanka have told their southern counterparts they are unable to do their jobs effectively because of ongoing post-war reporting restrictions.

August 4, 2010


The case filed by the Mirihana police against three persons including journalist Susil Kindelpitiya was taken up yet again today, before the Colombo Magistrate Court.

August 4, 2010

Why the media silence on Sri Lanka’s descent into dictatorship?

It is now over a year since the president of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, claimed victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). But war is still being waged on the “paradise island” by the government, against the country’s journalists.

July 12, 2010

Rajpal Abeynayakes column this time like most of the times, misses the whole point of the argument of Mr. J.C. Weliamunas article, which he tried to undermine. The point of Mr. Weliamunas article is to call for the freedom of association to operate without being subjected to repression

July 5, 2010

Safe Passage for Tissainayagam Just One Step Toward Free Media in Sri Lanka

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is relieved that J.S. Tissainayagam is safe, following more than two years of an ordeal in which the Sri Lankan Tamil journalist was accused, charged and tried for terrorism for his journalistic reporting on human rights issues.

June 21, 2010
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