Press freedom

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Bring back journos in exile and guarantee their safety IFJ urges Sri Lanka

IFJ Urges Attention on Free Speech As the Universal Periodic Review on Sri Lanka begins at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its partners and affiliates in Sri Lanka, urge closer attention to issues of free speech and the right to information, which have been casualties of [...]

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Silenced Voices speak – the real Sri Lanka story

Lasantha Wickrematunge is probably not a name most people in the Western World would recognize. His martyrdom as the editor-in-chief of Sri Lanka’s critical newspaper, The Sunday Leader was, unlike the parts that Hollywood trouble-seeking trailblazers like George Clooney or Matt Damon play, not a role he wanted. But Lasantha loved to tell the truth. [...]

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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

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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 ...

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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 ...

Press freedom

Vigil for slain Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge

Bring back journos in exile and guarantee their safety IFJ urges Sri Lanka

IFJ Urges Attention on Free Speech As the Universal Periodic Review on Sri Lanka begins at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Vigil for slain Sri Lankan ...

Human Rights

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Silenced Voices speak – the real Sri Lanka story

Pictured: Journalist Sonali Samarasinghe in “Silenced Voices,” a documentary by Beate Arnestad. Photo Credit: Beate Arnestad. All Rights Reserved. Lasantha Wickrematunge is probably not a name ...