Sri Lanka Brief
2014January
  • Jaffna: North and South Journalists  protest media suppression Read more >

    Jaffna: North and South Journalists protest media suppression

    [ Journalists Proests in Jaffna 31.07.2014 Photo: Jaffna Press Club] Jaffna 31 July 2014: Nearly 200 journalists andcivil activists joined together in a protest campaign against the attacks, intimidations and harassments faced by journalists in the Northern Province today. The protest was organised by the Jaffna Press Club was held in front of the main […]

  • Civil society: The greatest bugbear, the greatest hope? Read more >

    Civil society: The greatest bugbear, the greatest hope?

    By Darisha Bastians — The young Parliamentarian from Hambantota was trying to board a plane bound for Geneva on 11 September 1990, when he was intercepted by an Assistant Superintendent of Police by the name of Kudahetti. The senior Policeman wanted to search the MP’s baggage for fabricated documents likely to be “prejudicial to the […]

  • Religious police hunting a film maker Read more >

    Religious police hunting a film maker

    [Natioanlist Buddhist militancy on the rise in Sri Lanka] The sa called Relegious police ,set up some monts ago by the regime, has requested Mr.Sirimal Wijesinghe, writer and a film director  to give a statement regardig a complaint lodged against him by a Buddhist  religious organization. The police station related religious conflicts funtioned under the […]

  • JHU leader says debt crisis is acute Read more >

    JHU leader says debt crisis is acute

    [ A rural vegitable seller in Sri Lanka; photo: Wikipedia] The country currently confronts a worsening economic crisis and the debt accumulation exceeds the annual household income, Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said. The Minister made the observation while addressing an event held in Colombo, today morning. He pointed out that the impact will escalate in […]

  • Sri Lanka crackdown, mobs and death threats turned on journalists Read more >

    Sri Lanka crackdown, mobs and death threats turned on journalists

    [Sunil Jayasekara speaking at the Prees Briefing ,Photo: Sunday Times] Bob Dietz — There is genuine cause for alarm about the anonymous death threats going to Sunil Jayasekara’s phone. They started streaming to Jayasekara, the convener of Sri Lanka’s Free Media Movement, an umbrella group (hence calling the leader a convener) of journalists’ organization in […]

  • Blow-by-Blow: A Tamil journalist’s nightmare Read more >

    Blow-by-Blow: A Tamil journalist’s nightmare

    [Police torch light on journalists faces; Original photo – Tamil Gaurdian] By Mayoorapriyan– It was last Friday  the 25 July. We, a group of journalists, were asked to come to Jaffna Media Press Club from where  a vehicle would depart around 5:30 PM to Colombo, in order to  attend for a media training program. So […]

  • CM Wigneswaran ready to give evidence at UN Probe Read more >

    CM Wigneswaran ready to give evidence at UN Probe

    Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister has informed that he will give evidence in the Investigative Committee of the United Nations, whilst no Asian country has come forward to permit members of the panel going through the motions of an investigation against Sri Lanka to entire their territory for this purpose. According to the lead news […]

  • Remembering the work of photojournalist Camille Lepage ( 26) Read more >

    Remembering the work of photojournalist Camille Lepage ( 26)

    Camille Lepage, a 26-year-old French photojournalist who had spent months documenting deadly conflict in Central African Republic has been killed, the French presidency said Tuesday, May 13. Lepage, a freelance photographer whose work was published in major French and American newspapers, died in western Central African Republic not far from the border with Cameroon, authorities […]

  • Unending impunity for  freedom of speech and  assembly violations in SL Read more >

    Unending impunity for freedom of speech and assembly violations in SL

    [U.S. Embassy Concerns on Media Freedom in Sri Lanka] The United States is deeply concerned by the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of a journalism training session in Colombo over the weekend. The eventual cancellation of this training, which was focused on digital security for Jaffna-based journalists and financially supported by the U.S. government, was accompanied […]

  • Police summons 7 Tamil journalists who protested  for questioning Read more >

    Police summons 7 Tamil journalists who protested for questioning

    [Photo: Journalists sitting on the road as a protest] Journalists who protested against military intimidation have been called for questioning tomorrow by the Omanthai police, reports a journalist at Yarl Thinakkural, a Jaffna based newspaper. The journalist, Monday morning, tweeted that 7 journalists who protested against the military had been called in for police questioning. […]

  • Police stop peace march citing Buddhist clergy opposition Read more >

    Police stop peace march citing Buddhist clergy opposition

    [Phtto Daily Mirror – United Socialist Party leadr Siritunga Jayasuriya arguing with police] Sri Lankan police stopped a peace march on Saturday, stating that “they wanted to prevent any unruly incidents as Buddhist monks and other people were against the march,” the Daily Mirror reported. The march, which was due to take place in Waskaduwa, […]

  • Jaffna Journalists  thrown out of Court by a mob Read more >

    Jaffna Journalists thrown out of Court by a mob

    [Women’s groups protest against the gang rape in Jaffna, 25 July 2014; photo – Tamil Net] Journalists covering the rape case, of two pre-teenage school girls, allegedly by Navy personnel, were thrown out of the Jaffna Courthouse by a group of persons in civilian clothing.  The journalists’ cameras and mobile phones were seized and all […]

  • IGP awaits orders form Brig. Nanda Malawarachchi Read more >

    IGP awaits orders form Brig. Nanda Malawarachchi

    The Inspector General of Police (IGP) has sought the approval of Secretary to the Ministry of Law and Order [Brig, Nanda Malawarchchi -SLB] regarding a request made by president of Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) Upul Jayasuriya urging the IGP to ensure his personal security by providing personnel security travelling with him following the […]

  • Will Sri Lanka act on Indian dossier on Pak diplomat? Read more >

    Will Sri Lanka act on Indian dossier on Pak diplomat?

    [Pak. official recruited Sri Lankan Tamils for recce] Suhasini Haidar  — The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has prepared a dossier to be handed over to Sri Lankan officials with details of an official in the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo, suspected of being involved in a terror plot to target U.S. and Israeli consulates in […]

  • Chaos theory: connecting the dots Read more >

    Chaos theory: connecting the dots

    [In interview with Upul Jayasuriya, President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL)] by Maheen Senanayake – “No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another.” – Thomas Jefferson I found Mr. Upul Jayasuriya, incumbent head of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, getting ready for the customary […]

  • Sri Lanka and Myanmar: Understanding rise of Buddhist radicalism Read more >

    Sri Lanka and Myanmar: Understanding rise of Buddhist radicalism

    [ Why some Buddhists get violent; Photo-VividLife] By Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy — Over the past three years, there has been an evident surge of Buddhist radicalism in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, with the clergy being increasingly involved in violence against minorities, especially Muslims. Both countries have sizeable Muslim populations, and while the situation in Myanmar is […]

  • Solheim ready to testify to Sri Lanka domestic probe Read more >

    Solheim ready to testify to Sri Lanka domestic probe

    [Erik Solheim in the middle whih LTTE and GoSL negotioaters; File photo: AFP] By Easwaran Rutnam – Former Norwegian peace envoy, Erik Solheim, says he is ready to testify before the Government Commission of Inquiry tasked to investigate the war. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, Solheim said that he has nothing to hide and is […]

  • Whither  domestic probe on war crimes? Read more >

    Whither domestic probe on war crimes?

    [Photo: rebel fighters ? in military custody later killed] Another area where the UPFA Government has gone into a state of denial is the widening of the scope of the three-member Commission on Disappearances. Although the terms of reference of the Commission, among others to probe alleged war crimes, are contained in a proclamation issued […]

  • A Roadmap for Abolishing the Executive Presidency Read more >

    A Roadmap for Abolishing the Executive Presidency

    [Speech made by Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne, PC at the ‘Vidwath Kathikawa’ organized by the National Movement for Social Justice, 24 July 2014] We have before us today, a wide spectrum of people from both civil and political society – religious leaders, politicians, academics, professionals, artists, trade unionists, civil society activists, media persons, students- agreed at […]

  • Let’s stand together; Death threats will not deter us –FMM Read more >

    Let’s stand together; Death threats will not deter us –FMM

    [Photo left to right: A. Nixon (SLTMA) Sunil Jayasekara, Sampath Samarakoon, Delesha Abeysundara (FMM) at the press conference, 26.07.2014] By Sunil Jayasekara – We, the Free Media Movement (FMM) and  Sri Lanka Tamil Media Alliance (SLMTA)  are here to day to inform you about the harassments faced by out fellow Tamil media journalists yesterday and […]

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