For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

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

Media blackout for ceremonial sitting

All local and international media were prevented from entering the Supreme Court complex and not allowed to cover the ceremonial sitting to welcome Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, who was appointed … Continue reading

January 23, 2013

Lankan government to impose guidelines on media – CPJ

(Srilankamirror) – The Committee to Protect Journalists says it is concerned by the Sri Lankan government’s announcement of an upcoming set of guidelines and code of conduct for journalists and … Continue reading

November 13, 2011

Govt. obstructs ‘Wada Pitiya’ TV political debate

Yesterday’s programme of ‘Wada Pitiya’ a political ‘talk show’ telecast by ‘Derana TV every Tuesday, had to be suspended. Yesterday’s topic for discussion was the ‘Revival of the Underperforming and … Continue reading

November 9, 2011

media ministry statement on web site registration

Websites be aware of defamation, character assassination The Ministry of Mass Media and Information yesterday said that it was receiving complaints from persons subjected to defamation and character assassination by … Continue reading

November 6, 2011

Govt. blocks more websites, all must register

 Leon Berenger More news websites were blocked yesterday as the Government said those carrying news relating to Sri Lanka should register with it – prompting strong protests by the main … Continue reading

November 6, 2011

Sri Lanka urges news websites to register after ban

REUTERS Sri Lanka ordered news websites on Saturday to register with the Media Ministry, in what critics called a further step toward restricting media after the banning of an anti-government … Continue reading

November 6, 2011


(Sri Lanka Guardian) Our web site the and other number web sites have been blocked by the internet service provider Sri Lanka Telecom. It is our understanding that this … Continue reading

November 6, 2011

Sri Lanka targets dissident websites

(AFP)  Sri Lanka on Saturday warned websites to register with the authorities after the United States expressed deep concern over Colombo’s blocking of a popular Internet-based dissident publication. The Ministry … Continue reading

November 5, 2011

News reports irk Rajapaksa in Jaffna

SL president Mahinda Rajapaksa visiting Jaffna and celebrating Pongkal on Monday reacted to media reports that pointed out his conspicuous silence about an aid he was politically capitalising.

January 18, 2011

Rivira Editor becomes victim to the Rajapaksas and loses job and salary

Rivira Editor, Upali Tennekoon, who fled to the US with his wife following a brutal attack on him it to be sacked from his job by the new administration at the newspaper organization.

June 26, 2010

Winning the War, Losing Democracy

Those who are alarmed by the developments of Mr. Rajapaksa’s rule often point to parallels with the history of neighboring India under the rule of Indira Gandhi in the 1970s. After military victory over Pakistan in 1971, Mrs. Gandhi led her Congress Party to a huge victory in the general election.

April 6, 2010

MR orders probe into: Sirasa attack All suspects released on police bail

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday directed IGP Mahinda Balasuriya to conduct a thorough investigation into the attack on the Colombo Office of the Sirasa TV, at Braybrook Place on Monday afternoon and to submit a report to him.

March 25, 2010

President to be told before legal action against any journalist

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the Minister of Mass Media and Information, has instructed the Inspector General of Police to inform him before legal action is taken against any journalist, reported.

February 16, 2010

Tuesday, 15 December 2009 15:23 altA special communiqu issued by the Commissioner of Elections says that it is illegal to hold functions at Temple Trees utilizing state property at a … Continue reading

December 15, 2009

President concerned about media

By Sumaiya Rizvi President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday told Uthayan and Sudar Oli newspapers editor-in-chief that he was becoming increasingly concerned about the media industry because of the increasing attacks on … Continue reading

June 30, 2009
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