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Sri Lanka: Hundred Days and After

The Governor of the Central Bank was summoned to the Bribery Commission and grilled for six hours. A three-month travel banwas imposed on him. That one incident demonstrates how far we have progressed since January 8th.
The journey away from Rajapaksa Rule towards democracy, accountability and the rule of law has been far from perfect; it has […]

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Lasantha, Mahinda and the significance of polling day – Open Letter to President Rajapakse

07 January 2015
His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa
President of Sri Lanka
Presidential Secretariat
Colombo 1
Dear Mr President,
The Importance of January 8th – Lasantha Wickrematunge’s murder
The irony of the presidential election being fixed for the sixth anniversary of the day on which my husband and your ‘friend’, Lasantha Wickrematunge, was assassinated, may have escaped you. It has not escaped me.
Lasantha […]

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Planned attack on unarmed protesters by Sri Lanka’s army in Weliweriya: Crowd control or murder?

Gagging the media
The full extent of the outrage committed in Weliweriya unfolds slowly but surely, in spite of crude attempts to gag the
media. Grisly details continue to emerge from the countless testimonies of the bereaved, the assault victims, their relatives and the rest of the community. It’s unlikely that dozens of village people would […]

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“Stop Prosecution of De Jure Chief Justice” – Lawyers tell government

18th July 2013
It is reliably learnt that the government is in the process of instituting criminal prosecution against the CJ, Shirani Bandaranayake shortly. The recommencement of the hate campaign against her in the state media is an indication of this intended action. The state media is known to be operating in close collaboration with all […]

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Sara sends stern letter to ITN over false news report

Letter to Independent Television Network (ITN)
 
Mr. Rosmand Senaratne,
Chairman,
Independent Television Network (ITN),
Wickramasinghepura,
Battaramulla.
 
16 July 2013
 
Dear Mr. Senaratne,
 
I am writing with reference to the Sinhala language 7 pm news broadcast of the Independent Television Network (ITN) on Sunday 14th July 2013.
 
An item on this news bulletin stated that the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and I, organised a […]

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Human Rights Defender Nimalka Fernando harassed, heckled and threatened by Sri Lankan Embassy officials in Japan

THE INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT AGAINST ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AND RACISM (IMADR) Japan has condemned
roundly the harassment of a Sri Lankan Human Rights Defender Dr. Nimalka Fernando by Sri Lankan Embassy staff in Tokyo. Fernando was heckled and interrupted during a seminar lecture delivered by her . Embassy staff also followed her and tried to intimidate and threaten […]

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Sri Lanka: Will the people have the balls to resist the insidious media ethics law

“That is a slave’s lot – not to be able to speak one’s mind” — Euripides (Ion)
In Turkey, an attempt to uproot a public park and build a shopping mall ignited a tidal-wave of protests which is yet to abate.
No balls to stand up an condemn
In Saudi Arabia, innumerable Islamic sites are being annihilated in […]

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Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka like Hitler’s Germany says Lasantha’s wife Sonali

Four years after the brutal assassination of the Founding Editor-in-Chief of The Sunday Leader newspaper Lasantha Wickrematunge, the police are yet to make a breakthrough and the murderers are roaming free.
Two suspects were arrested following Wickrematunge’s murder – Kandegedara Piyawansha and Pichchai Jesudasan.
Piyawansha, a former military intelligence officer, was released on bail in 2010 after […]

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Media freedom in post war Sri Lanka and its impact on the reconciliation process

At the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka in May 2009, many hoped that this would represent a sharp break with the past and usher in a new period of media freedom. However, as the BBC Tamil Service producer Swaminathan Natarajan shows, such hopes have proved ill-founded.
For his research paper,Media Freedom in post-war […]

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The Top Five Threats to Internet Freedom You’ve Never Heard Of

Great firewall of China
You’ve probably heard of the Great Firewall of China, which scrubs the web of any potentially subversive content for half a billion internet users. And you’ve definitely heard about the Egyptian government’s decision to switch off all internet and mobile-phone networks at the height of the uprising in 2011. But there are […]

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Sri Lanka: Hundred Days and After

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe The Governor of the Central Bank was summoned to the Bribery Commission and grilled for six hours. A three-month travel banwas imposed ...

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Lasantha Wickrematunge

Lasantha, Mahinda and the significance of polling day – Open Letter to President Rajapakse

07 January 2015 His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa President of Sri Lanka Presidential Secretariat Colombo 1 Dear Mr President, The Importance of January 8th – Lasantha Wickrematunge’s murder The irony of the presidential ...

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Planned attack on unarmed protesters by Sri Lanka’s army in Weliweriya: Crowd control or murder?

Gagging the media The full extent of the outrage committed in Weliweriya unfolds slowly but surely, in spite of crude attempts to gag the Defence Secretary ...

Press freedom

Shirani Bandaranayaka receives blessings from a section of the clergy

“Stop Prosecution of De Jure Chief Justice” – Lawyers tell government

18th July 2013 Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayaka surrounded by her supporters It is reliably learnt that the government is in the process of instituting criminal prosecution against ...

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Dr. P.Saravanamuttu -  “Progress also made with the rehabilitation of LTTE [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the separatist movement] cadres, although there are reports that even after being released they are being questioned and face issues with regard to re-integration in the community,”

Sara sends stern letter to ITN over false news report

Letter to Independent Television Network (ITN)   Mr. Rosmand Senaratne, Chairman, Independent Television Network (ITN), Wickramasinghepura, Battaramulla.   16 July 2013   Dear Mr. Senaratne,   I am writing with reference to the Sinhala language 7 pm ...

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Nimalka Fernando

Human Rights Defender Nimalka Fernando harassed, heckled and threatened by Sri Lankan Embassy officials in Japan

THE INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT AGAINST ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AND RACISM (IMADR) Japan has condemned Nimalka Fernando roundly the harassment of a Sri Lankan Human Rights Defender Dr. Nimalka ...

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa (L) and his brother Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa: Contemplating their next big move?

Sri Lanka: Will the people have the balls to resist the insidious media ethics law

“That is a slave’s lot – not to be able to speak one’s mind” — Euripides (Ion) In Turkey, an attempt to uproot a public park ...

Human Rights

Lasantha Wickrematunge

Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka like Hitler’s Germany says Lasantha’s wife Sonali

Four years after the brutal assassination of the Founding Editor-in-Chief of The Sunday Leader newspaper Lasantha Wickrematunge, the police are yet to make a breakthrough ...

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Media freedom in post war Sri Lanka and its impact on the reconciliation process

At the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka in May 2009, many hoped that this would represent a sharp break with the past ...

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The Top Five Threats to Internet Freedom You’ve Never Heard Of

Great firewall of China You’ve probably heard of the Great Firewall of China, which scrubs the web of any potentially subversive content for half a billion ...