FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION SRI LANKA

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

Mervyn warns journalists to book coffins

Katunayake (Srilankamirror) – Minister Mervyn Silva has warned journalists, whom he claimed were insulting the president and other important persons, to book coffins for themselves immediately. He said at a … Continue reading

November 21, 2011

Sirasa Attackers contesting election

DM Some members of the gang that attacked Sirasa TV last year are contesting the March 17 local government election in the Kelaniya area, DNA MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake charged … Continue reading

February 24, 2011

Mervin speaks! – waiting to fire his pistol

He is waiting impatiently to fire his legal pistol says the Minister of Public Coordination and Public Affairs Dr. Mervin Silva. Im waiting for that climax, the most auspicious time … Continue reading

February 17, 2011

Governance, Rights and Reconciliation: The National Anthem and Other Disturbing News from Sri Lanka

The headline story of the Sunday Times of 12 December 2010 was deeply disturbing. According to it the Cabinet has made a decision that henceforth the national anthem will only be sung in Sinhala. Subsequent reports confirmed that the issue was discussed in cabinet but that no final decision had been taken. In the meantime the status quo was to be maintained.

December 23, 2010

Fonseka ordered killing of Lasantha, says Mervyn

Deputy Highways Minister Mervyn Silva yesterday told Parliament that he has evidence to prove that former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka ordered the assassination of the then Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunga

September 24, 2010

Editors deplore Mervyn threat

The Editors Guild of Sri Lanka unreservedly condemns the statement made recently by reinstated Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva who reportedly stated at a function held in Kelaniya on Thursday 9th September that journalists should not write in a way which would ultimately force them to be hanged.

September 12, 2010

Mervyn Warns The Media

A day after being re-appointed as Deputy Highways Minister, Mervyn Silva has reportedly warned the media at a function in Kelaniya today (9).

September 9, 2010

MTV attack suspects released

The 14 suspects arrested over the recent attack on the MTV/MBC media office in Colombo were released on bail by the Colombo Fort Magistrate today

May 10, 2010

Mervyn no more says Keheliya

Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella who assumed duties at the Ministry today responding to journalists said that Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva cannot decide if he will continue as the Deputy Media Minister and the decision can only be taken by the President.

May 7, 2010

In an inaugural press briefing that could only be termed amusing, the new Deputy Media Minister Mervyn Silva revealed that upon accepting the portfolio he and his wife had decided to sleep in separate rooms so that he will be available to serve the media at anytime of the day.

April 29, 2010

An indicator of what comes next for Sri Lanka’s media

In Sri Lanka, there is a lull of sorts in outright attacks on the media as the Rajapaksa government takes stock of where it stands, which is in a very strong position: Last May the government declared a final victory in the brutal 30-year conflict with Tamil secessionists.

April 29, 2010

Discipline vital for media – Mervyn Silva

Discipline within the media is vital. Acting Media Minister Mervyn Silva is of the view that a proud nation can be built only through a disciplined media.

April 28, 2010

Gang boss known for hostility towards journalists appointed deputy media minister – RSF

In what country do you appoint an arsonist to put out fires? Reporters Without Borders asked today after learning that Mervyn Silva, a politician notorious for insulting and physically attacking journalists, has been appointed deputy minister of media and information. Labour minister in the last government, Silva was confirmed in his new post by parliament on 23 April.

April 26, 2010

Minister Mervyn does it again

The Island photographer Dharmasena Welivita captured this scene at a State-sponsored ceremony at the BMICH where Labour Minister Mervyn Silva threw away the Sirasa microphone last Sunday. Silva, who had … Continue reading

July 2, 2009

Mervin Silva abuses Sirasa journalists

[TamilNet, Monday, 29 June 2009, 04:30 GMT] Sri Lanka Minister of Labour Mervin Silva grabbed the microphone from Sirasa TV station reporters and threw it on the ground at an … Continue reading

June 29, 2009
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