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

FMM seminar raided

Some of the participants at a media workshop organised at Janaki hotel. A team of immigration officers raided a workshop held by the Free Media Movement (FMM) at Janaki Hotel, … Continue reading

October 31, 2013

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 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

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

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

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

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

Sri Lankan diplomat bans British journalist ahead of CHGOM

A Sri Lankan diplomat has caused major embarrassment by telling Nobel Peace Prize nominated broadcaster that he will ‘make sure you don’t get a visa to come to Sri Lanka’ … Continue reading

July 9, 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

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

Internationally Renowned Journalist Struggles to Find Work in Puyallup

Investigative journalist Frederica Jansz is a political refugee of Sri Lanka and has found herself in Puyallup, with no friends or family. Now, the hard part begins as she struggles … Continue reading

June 26, 2013

Death threats to Journalist Dilka over the phone for exposing the charges of Gnanasara thera

During the recent Derana 360  programme the Ven.Gnanasara thera the General Secretary of the Bodu Bal a Sena organisation  participated. The conductor of this programme Dilka Samanmalee exposed that the … Continue reading

June 20, 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
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