Press freedom

Stories of silenced voices – a documentary

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Pre-premiere of ‘Silenced Voices – Tales of Sri Lankan Journalists in Exile’ and panel debate
 
The Fritt Ord Foundation invites the public to a debate and film screening of Silenced Voices – Tales of Sri Lankan Journalists in Exile on Thursday 9 February 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Vika Cinema (Vika 2) in Oslo. There will be […]

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The legacy of Lasantha Wickrematunge and Sri Lanka’s freedom of the Press

“We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard”Voltaire
In the days of television, internet and cellular phones, a period spanning three years seems like an eon as far as the number of events that occur during a twenty-four hour period is concerned. Life […]

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Sri Lanka’s democratic institutions have metastasized into something dangerous

8 JANUARY 2012:Today  marks the third death anniversary of Lasantha Wickrematunge a human rights journalist from Sri Lanka who fought
fearlessly for the freedom of the press and relentlessly pursued what he believed was right. On January 8, 2009 he was brutally murdered by the Sri Lankan authorities for his journalism.
Three years after Lasantha’s brutal murder […]

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Growing Challenges to Internet Freedom

Next week, government, business, and civil society representatives will gather at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Nairobi, Kenya to discuss
the future of the global digital space. This gathering takes place against the backdrop of growing restrictions by repressive regimes on online freedoms. The U.S. and European governments have undertaken significant initiatives to respond to […]

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What a shootout between two politicians says about a nation

Since the end of its civil war against the ruthless Tamil Tigers (LTTE) in 2009, the Sri Lankan regime’s own reputation for ruthlessness has grown. At its heart are the three Rajapaksa brothers – President Mahinda, defence secretary Gotabhaya (“Gota”) and Economic Development Minister Basil
– controlling a formidable military force that has quashed all resistance […]

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Freedom of Expression on the Internet in Sri Lanka

22nd November 2011, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives is pleased to release a new report examining the freedom of expression on the Internet in Sri Lanka. Read it online here or download it as a PDF here (1Mb).
Since 2007, the freedom of expression on the Internet has faced considerable restrictions on account […]

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Journalists in Sri Lanka face growing government control

The most challenging aspect of investigative journalism is the physical danger….
see full article published in the IRE Journal, USA here  ire journal p1   IRE journal p2

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Continuing the Struggle

Her husband, editor of a newspaper in Sri Lanka, was fatally attacked. Now in exile in New York City, Sonali Samarasinghe presses forward with their fight for press freedom and justice in their native country. Posted: Friday, May 20 2011
On January 8, 2009, Lasantha Wickrematunge, editor-in-chief of the Sri Lankan paper the Sunday Leader, was murdered in […]

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Sonali gets IVOH Award in New York for her website Lankastandard

Journalist and Editor Sonali Samarasinghe was honoured by The Images and Voices of Hope (IVOH) at its 2011 summit in New York last month.
She was presented with the prestigious Award of Appreciation for her “courageous, award winning journalism giving voice to issues of justice, justice freedom and social accountability at a ceremony on September 17.
IVOH […]

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Media owner threatened, Editor severely assaulted, correspondents harassed!

Already battered Freedom of expression and media rights took yet another ugly turn last month in Sri Lanka. A leading
news paper owner was threatened by the President, the news editor of the largest circulating Tamil daily in Jaffna was assaulted and critically injured by the military backed para military gang and two correspondents of popular […]

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Stories of silenced voices – a documentary

News Pre-premiere of ‘Silenced Voices – Tales of Sri Lankan Journalists in Exile’ and panel debate   The Fritt Ord Foundation invites the public to a debate and ...

Opinion

The legacy of Lasantha Wickrematunge and Sri Lanka’s freedom of the Press

Lasantha “We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard”Voltaire In the days of television, ...

Human Rights

Vigil for Lasantha (File photo)

Sri Lanka’s democratic institutions have metastasized into something dangerous

8 JANUARY 2012:Today  marks the third death anniversary of Lasantha Wickrematunge a human rights journalist from Sri Lanka who fought Vigil for Lasantha (File photo) fearlessly for ...

Issues

FH on the internet

Growing Challenges to Internet Freedom

Next week, government, business, and civil society representatives will gather at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Nairobi, Kenya to discuss Photo Credit: decafeined the future of ...

Opinion

Gotabaya Rajapakse recently met with a visiting group of US congressmen in Colombo

What a shootout between two politicians says about a nation

Since the end of its civil war against the ruthless Tamil Tigers (LTTE) in 2009, the Sri Lankan regime’s own reputation for ruthlessness has grown. ...

Press freedom

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Freedom of Expression on the Internet in Sri Lanka

22nd November 2011, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives is pleased to release a new report examining the freedom of expression on the ...

Opinion

Journalists in Sri Lanka face growing government control

The most challenging aspect of investigative journalism is the physical danger…. see full article published in the IRE Journal, USA here  ire journal p1   IRE journal p2

Press freedom

Sonali Samarasinghe on commencement day at Harvard University where she spent a year as a Nieman Fellow

Continuing the Struggle

Her husband, editor of a newspaper in Sri Lanka, was fatally attacked. Now in exile in New York City, Sonali Samarasinghe presses forward with their ...

Press freedom

The Awardees pose for the cameras together with members of IVOH

Sonali gets IVOH Award in New York for her website Lankastandard

Journalist and Editor Sonali Samarasinghe was honoured by The Images and Voices of Hope (IVOH) at its 2011 summit in New York last month. She was ...

Press freedom

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Media owner threatened, Editor severely assaulted, correspondents harassed!

Already battered Freedom of expression and media rights took yet another ugly turn last month in Sri Lanka. A leading President Rajapakse reminds Lal about Lasantha's ...