FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION SRI LANKA

For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

‘Gossip Lanka’ block illegal – FMM

The blocking of two popular news websites in Sri Lanka ‘ Gossip Lanka’ (gossiplanka.lk ) and ‘ Gossip Lanka News’ ( gossiplankanews.com ) is completely illegal, says Sunil Jayasekara  the … Continue reading

May 18, 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

Govt. to take website to British court

A Britain-based website, banned in Sri Lanka, has come under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).�The move is said to be a prelude to the Government instituting legal proceedings … Continue reading

March 3, 2013

Websites told to pay before Jan. 15

(Mirror) – The media ministry has sent letters to websites, asking that registration fees be paid by January 15. The registration fee is Rs. 25,000 and the annual fee is … Continue reading

January 3, 2013

FMM Ex-Co member threatened with death

SLB news The Free Media Movement of Sri Lanka has issued a press statement ( 20th Sep)  condemning the death threats to one of its EX- CO member, journalist and … Continue reading

September 25, 2012

Sri Lanka’s internet freedom deteriorating as world govts grow increasingly repressive online

Freedom House  “Countries at Risk: As part of its analysis, Freedom House identified a number of important countries that are seen as particularly vulnerable to deterioration in the coming 12 … Continue reading

September 25, 2012

Website office raid :SC says no order on website registration; Mangala claims Rs. 50 m. in damages

The Supreme Court has not called for the registration of news websites, Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake said this week, concurring with counsel for UNP Parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera in the fundamental … Continue reading

August 12, 2012

Court inquires about need to retain Srilankamirror computers

Colombo additional magistrate Prasanna Alwis today (Aug. 10) ordered the CID to obtain a written submission from the attorney general as to whether the computers seized from srilankamirror website were … Continue reading

August 10, 2012

Sealed websites:Mangala allowed to proceed with FR violation plea

UNP Parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera filed a fundamental rights case on behalf of the X-News and Lanka Mirror websites whose employees were taken into custody. He is seen with another UNP … Continue reading

August 9, 2012

Web registration fees reduced

  The cabinet has decided to reduce fees for news website registration. Accordingly, the first time registration of a news website will cost Rs. 25,000, down from Rs. 100,000 previously. … Continue reading

August 9, 2012

CID grills website editor

The CID on Monday questioned editor of the LankaXnews and Sri Lanka Mirror web sites, Ruwan Ferdinandez, for seven hours and recorded his statement. Ferdinandez mentioned in the reports filed … Continue reading

August 1, 2012

Sri Lankan government moves to gag web sites

By Vilani Peiris Sri Lankan Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella announced on July 12 that the government planned new regulations under the draconian Press Council Act to control web sites. Once … Continue reading

August 1, 2012

Lanka Mirror employees granted leave to proceed with rights case

The Supreme Court yesterday granted leave to proceed with the fundamental rights violation application filed by six employees of the Lanka Mirror Web. Leave was granted on the alleged illegal … Continue reading

July 27, 2012

Srilankamirror charged under Obscene Publications (Amendment) Act

The CID today (July 23) informed the Colombo Magistrate’s Court that they have found material violating the Obscene Publications Act from the computers seized from the office premises of Srilankamirror. … Continue reading

July 23, 2012

Sri Lanka: Internet freedom further restricted by imposing registration fees

Press release/ 20 July 2012 The NfR condemns the recent actions taken by the Ministry of Mass Media and Communication in Sri Lanka to curtail the dissemination of ideas and … Continue reading

July 20, 2012

Sri Lanka Mirror case put off

The court case pertaining to the Sri Lanka Mirror and Sri Lanka X News websites has been put off until July 23. The postponement came in view of a strike … Continue reading

July 20, 2012

Six Sri Lankan journalists sue over their arrests, say gov’t trying to stifle free expression

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Six Sri Lankan web journalists filed a court case Tuesday seeking for their arrests last month to be declared illegal and demanding compensation, an attorney said. … Continue reading

July 17, 2012

Errant websites: Avoid collective punishment – Editorial The Island

The government has, true to form, donned the armour of a knight errant to further its own interests deftly, if not cunningly, on the pretext of protecting the citizens’ rights … Continue reading

July 17, 2012

The ‘chilling’ of free expression in Sri Lanka

Is there any other country in the civilized world where the police act under a repealed section of the penal law when making arrests and that gigantic mistake is then … Continue reading

July 8, 2012

Raid on two websites: Computer info still being analysed, say Police

The data obtained from the computers confiscated by the CID during the raid of two news websites – SriLanka Mirror and Sri LankaXnews – are still being analyzed, a senior … Continue reading

July 8, 2012
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