FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION SRI LANKA

For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

Five journalists threatened in Valikamam North

 Five newspaper journalists have lodged a complaint with the Coordinator of the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission in Jaffna, T. Kanagaraja, claiming their lives are in danger following a press … Continue reading

November 1, 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 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

Sunila Abeysekara, 1952 – 2013 a life lived by the highest standards of commitment to human rights and social justice

11 September 2013          Sunila Abeysekera who died on 9 September after a long battle with cancer, was an activist and campaigner who dedicated her entire life to the struggle … Continue reading

September 11, 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

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

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

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

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

May 17, 2013

Police comes to Janarala office

Police attached to the Peliyagoda Crime Division have entered the office premises of the Janarala weekend publication a short while ago (May 16). Police have informed the Chief Editor of … Continue reading

May 16, 2013

Quadruple Murder Suspect Duminda Silva Welcomed at Presidential Palace but Azath Salley Arrested for Alleged Press Statement

Karu Jayasuriya M.P. It is in the strongest possible terms that the arrest of former UNP Deputy Mayor Azath Salley must be condemned by all right thinking peoples of this … Continue reading

May 4, 2013

US calls on Sri Lanka to ensure freedom of press

Expressing deep concern over the recent surge in attacks on Sri Lankan media organisations, the US today called on the country to ensure freedom of press. “The US calls on … Continue reading

May 1, 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: Probe on journo who covered the war

An investigation is underway into a journalist from a television channel who had covered the final stages of the war in 2009 and has later supplied the video material to … Continue reading

March 25, 2013

Major General Hathurusinghe warns TNA over media reports

The Jaffna Security Forces (SF) Commander, Mahinda Hathurusinghe, has threatened legal action against the Jaffna District Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian and the Uthayan newspaper publisher, E. Saravanabawan, for false … Continue reading

February 12, 2013

Media persons in Sri Lanka stage ‘Black January’ protest

Sri Lankan media persons staged a “Black January” protest here today, condemning the government for failing to punish the culprits for attacks on journalists. The Alliance for Media Organisations highlighted … Continue reading

January 30, 2013

Freedom of expression denied in north to Tamils. Jaffna Bishop points out to Ambassador.

(Photo: French Ambassador in Jaffna) A situation has risen in the north, of not able to advance political activities freely. Meetings cannot be held by gathering public. Continuous obstructions are … Continue reading

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