For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

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

Sri Lankan media ignores Indian reactions

 R. K. Radhakrishnan Sri Lankan media largely ignored the sensation created in India and elsewhere in the world, after the publication of new pictures which suggested that Tamil Tiger chief … Continue reading

February 21, 2013

Media freedom in Sri Lanka remains constrained – VOA

Those responsible for injustices and abuses in Sri Lanka war must be held to account – Voice of America Editorial It has been nearly two years since the end of … Continue reading

March 22, 2011

US Senate Resolution calls for accountability for Sri Lanka war crimes including greater media freedom

RESOLUTION Expressing support for internal rebuilding, resettlement, and reconciliation within Sri Lanka that are necessary to ensure a lasting peace. ………. 1. commends United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for creating … Continue reading

March 3, 2011

Sri Lanka: Stonewalling on Wartime Abuses, Civil Society and Media Face Threats, Intimidation – HRW

The Sri Lankan government refuses to investigate alleged war crimes despite growing evidence of widespread atrocities during the civil war that ended in 2009, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2011.

January 27, 2011

Journalists banned from reporting war commission

Ten international and Sri Lankan journalists including BBC correspondents were refused access to the Boosa detention camp this morning where the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) met with detainees.

December 30, 2010

Sri Lanka denies visas to Al Jazeera, as reported by TDN previously.

Sri Lanka has denied visas to at least three staff members of Al-Jazeera television, after the station broadcast images of bodies and execution-style killings, said to have occurred during the final weeks the civil war against Tamil rebels last year.

November 14, 2010

Colombo Magistrate Sujeewa Nissanka yesterday ordered Sirasa Television to hand over the video recordings to the CID of the interview conducted with Retired General Sarath Fonseka on 14th December 2009 together with the originals of the visuals of the speeches made by General Sarath Fonseka at Matara and Ratnapura Districts during the Presidential Election period.

June 22, 2010

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Sri Lanka

The Secretary-General has appointed a Panel of Experts that will advise him on the issue of accountability with regard to any alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law during the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka

June 22, 2010

UN Political Affairs chief, B. Lynn Pascoe, inspects mine equipment on visit to Mullaitivu District
17 June 2010 – Political solutions that address the grievances which fuelled the long-running civil war in Sri Lanka are necessary to heal the wounds left by the conflict, the top United Nations political official said today as he wrapped up a two-day visit to the South Asian country.

June 18, 2010

Sri Lanka coverage success for Channel 4 News at Amnesty Media Awards

Channel 4 News picked up both awards it was nominated for at last night’s Amnesty Media Awards. Our Sri Lanka coverage won the TV News Coverage and Somalia journalist Jamal Osman won the Gaby Rado award for new journalists.

June 3, 2010

Sri Lanka: UN must investigate human rights violations -AI

Amnesty International today called on the United Nations to set up an immediate and independent investigation into the massive human rights violations committed by both government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam forces, commonly known as the Tamil Tigers, during the country’s recent civil war.

May 17, 2010

Lanka’s ties with UN in danger

The Sri Lankan government has warned that ties with the United Nations (UN) is in danger of going sour if the present conflict with UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon over his move to appoint a panel on Sri Lanka is not resolved.

March 19, 2010

Ban voices concern about lack of progress on key issues in Sri Lanka

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed concerns about the lack of progress on political reconciliation, the treatment of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the setting up of an accountability process in Sri Lanka since the United Nations signed a joint statement with the Government last year in the wake of the end of its civil war with separatist Tamil rebels.

March 9, 2010

US state dept report on HR violation in Sri Lanka

Colombo, October 22, 2009: The United States Department of State delivered to Congressional Appropriations Committee staff yesterday a report detailing incidents that allegedly occurred during the final months of the … Continue reading

October 23, 2009
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