For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

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

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

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 is still suppressed

With Sri Lanka dropping five places in the World Press Freedom Index from 158 in 2010 to 163 in 2011, the country’s press freedom today lies suppressed with the parliament … Continue reading

May 4, 2012

Media activists challenge government

Media activists coming down hard on Minister Keheliya Rambukwella for his statement accusing journalists of being in the LTTE payroll have demanded legal action against those reporters if proved. “We … Continue reading

January 27, 2012

Jaffna’s Thinakkural Rest attacked to stop a press briefing

 An armed group this afternoon (Jan. 17) stormed Thinakkural Rest hotel in Jaffna and damaged its property. The main hall of the hotel, located at No: 45 in Nallur, was … Continue reading

January 17, 2012

Cyber blow to LeN following exposure of white Van crimes: LeN subject to deadly attacks again

 Following the exposure of the white Van abductions under our lead news captioned ‘ the white Van criminal operations under a new culture’ yesterday (9) in Sinhala Edition, before four … Continue reading

January 13, 2012

Prageeth Eknaligoda case: Appeal Court ruling on former AG

Sri Lanka’s Appeal Court has ruled that former Attorney General Mr. Mohan Pieris could be called in as a witness to inquire into the disappearance of journalist, Prageeth Eknaligoda. State … Continue reading

January 13, 2012

An English PEN Briefing for authors travelling to the Galle Literary Festival 2012 Introduction

Sri Lanka is a beautiful but extremely complex country. Its people are recovering from a 25 year long civil war which has divided society along ethnic and religious lines. Following … Continue reading

January 12, 2012

Govt’s move to deflect dissent – FMM

The Free Media Movement of Sri Lanka (FMM) says that it did not campaign against the European Union’s Generalised System of Preferences plus (GSP+) facility to Sri Lanka. It said … Continue reading

January 12, 2012

Sri Lankans Protest Editor’s Unsolved Murder

Hundreds of political and human rights activists on Wednesday questioned the Sri Lankan government’s will to solve the killing of an outspoken newspaper editor three years ago. Platform for Freedom, … Continue reading

January 12, 2012

Electronic Media Journalist Questioned in Custody at Jaffna Police Station.

An independent journalist from Jaffna was held up in custody at the Jaffna police station yesterday and questioned for three hours. The particular journalist was arrested after the Jaffna Government … Continue reading

January 11, 2012

No move to punish killers of Lasantha – FMM

 The Free Media Movement says yesterday (Jan. 08) marked the third death anniversary of  Lasantha Wickramatunge, a journalist who fought for the freedom of the press and relentlessly pursued what … Continue reading

January 8, 2012

Sri Lanka’s democratic institutions have metastasized into something dangerous

Today (January 8) marks the third death anniversary of Lasantha Wickrematunge a human rights journalist from Sri Lanka who fought fearlessly for the freedom of the press and relentlessly pursued … Continue reading

January 7, 2012

Sivaram murder case postponed

The trial of the murder of journalist Dharmaratnam Sivaram (Taraki) scheduled to begin on Thursday, six years after the assassination has been postponed until April. Colombo High Court judge P. … Continue reading

January 5, 2012

Rajpal Abeynayake assaulted

  Rajpal Abeynaike the Editor of Lakbima News has lodged a complaint with the Colpetty Police Station stating that he was assaulted at the annual get together of lawyers held … Continue reading

December 4, 2011

What are the legal provisions to register websites? – Mangala asks

(Srilankamirror) – MP and head of the UNP Communication Division Mangala Samaraweera has asked the authorities to inform him of the relevant legal provisions enabling the Ministry of Mass Media … Continue reading

December 1, 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

Udul’s ‘We Are Sri Lankans’ challenges ‘Divaina’

‘We Are Sri Lankans’ says that a struggle for equal rights for all communities is the only way to gain power, noting that communalistic political games are not a shortcut … Continue reading

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