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  • Action of journalists doubtful-Keheliya ( but could not name them)

    Cabinet Spokesperson, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella charged that reasonable doubt is cast over the actions of certain journalists who are working based on secret agendas.  Speaking at a press conference held yesterday to update cabinet decisions; Rambukewella noted unfortunately the legal framework of the country does not allow the government to file charges against these journalists […]

  • pro gov group takes on FMM

    Hundreds of journalists representing private and public sector media institutions yesterday launched a massive protest against attempts by the Opposition in connivance with the Free Media Movement (FMM) to tarnish the image of the country at a time when it has won accolades from all parts of the world for restoring peace and democracy in […]

  • Journalists in exile conspiring

    Journalists who havefled the country are conspiring to defame the country, Minister of Media – Keheliya Rambukwella has said. Making an exclusive statement to the state-owned Dinamina newspaper, Minister Rambukwella has said that all journalists must stand against this in order to defeat this conspiracy.He emphasizes that no journalist should be allowed to defame the […]

  • Pro-govt. group forces Black January protesters out

    While Sri Lanka slipped to 163rd position on the World Press Freedom Index, a pro-government mob yesterday prevented seven media organisations from staging a protest, titled Black January against media suppression, at the Fort Railway Station premises despite a Court order granting them permission.When the media personnel arrived at the Fort Railway Station yesterday afternoon, […]

  • Sri Lanka drops in RSF World Press Freedom Index

        Jan 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka dropped down five places last year from 2010 to rank among the 20 worst countries in a leading survey of press freedom. The annual World Press Freedom Index for 2011 compiled by Paris based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has ranked Sri Lanka 163 out of 178 countries ranked. Sri […]

  • Black January media protest: Police harassments continue

    ‘Black January’ shifted to Lipton Circus The Black January protest is to be held at the Lipton Circus at 3.00 pm today (Jan. 25), reports say.The demonstration was earlier scheduled to be held at 2.00 pm at the Fort Railway Station compound.  Speaking to ‘Srilankamirror’ on behalf of the Sri Lanka’s Alliance of Media Organizations, […]

  • Black January media protest is underhand move against SL – Gov press

    People from all walks of life yesterday expressed their dissatisfaction over a scheduled protest today by a handful of persons posing as journalists, whose agenda it is to tarnish the country’s image. They said that these elements with vested interests are trying to disrupt the day- to- day life of the people by launching these […]

  • Police want court ruling against media protest

    Court ruling on Black January protest on 25th  Fort Magistrate Kanishka Wijeratne today decided that the ruling of the petition against the Black January protest will be handed 0 January  25th.  The Black January protest is scheduled to be held in front of Colombo Fort Railway Station on the same day.Organised by Sri Lanka’s Alliance […]

  • All months are BLACK – Editorial, The Island

    A collective of media rights groups is scheduled to stage a massive protest, Black January, tomorrow in Colombo against attacks on journalists. All right-minded people will readily pledge their solidarity with the campaigners for media freedom and protection of journalists. The past few years have seen a spate of attacks on the media. Journalists have […]

  • Sri Lanka: No Progress on Justice

    Further Repression of Media, Civil Society, MinoritiesIn 2011, accountability remained a dead issue, the media faced increasing censorship, and the long-standing grievances which led to the conflict were not seriously addressed. Sri Lankans face a lack of justice, weak rule of law, land grabbing, and a censored media from a government that is increasingly authoritarian. Brad […]

  • Give our message wings to fly with so that our appeal for the freedom of expression in Sri Lanka will echo around the world – Media appeal to Galle Literary Festival

    ”As you enjoy an environment in which you may discuss matters of literature and the arts in relative comfort and freedom, we appeal to you to recall the reality of our situation, and to engage with it in your discussion forums. Support the freedom of expression in Sri Lanka in every way that is open […]

  • Media groups to mark ‘Black January’

    Media organisations in Sri Lanka have urged the authorities to investigate all recent attacks on media personnel and institutions. The watchdogs say they will stage a protest on 25 January in Colombo against a series of attacks against media personnel in recent years. It will especially mark “Black January” during which many prominent media personnel […]

  • Flak over movie at Galle Lit Festival

    One of the four short movies shown at the Galle Lit Festival 2012 on Friday targeted Sri Lanka over banning transport of medicine, fuel and food to the northern Jaffna peninsula in the 90s.  Directed by Kannan Arunasalam’s ‘ Kerosene’ which had been used previously by those campaigning against the present government, wouldn’t have upset […]

  • President Rajapaksa mimicked on stage; Principal interdicted

    Mimicking President Mahinda Rajapaksa at a school play has cost the school principal his job. However, the Principal E.K.Premasiri said yesterday it was he who had first informed police of such a play and wanted them to investigate.Mr.Premasiri related his tale of woe. “What I want is an impartial inquiry into the incident. It is […]

  • Media protest in Galle ( Literary Festival)

    Sri Lankan media rights activists participated in a protest in Galle on Saturday and distributed leaflets highlighting media suppression and human rights situation in Sri Lanka. The protest was held near the venue of the annual Galle Literary Festival where international authors are attending.The organisers said that the objective of the leaflet campaign was to […]

  • Black January protest next week Read more >

    Black January protest next week

    The Alliance of Media Organizations says it will organize a major demonstration next week against the government’s suppression of the media.  In a statement, it says the agitation will start at 2.30pm on January 25 in front of Colombo Fort Railway Station. It has decided to name the protest as Black January in view of […]

  • Sri Lanka: Obstruction of the campaign against disappearances in Jaffna is an indication of the dangerous level of militarisation in Sri Lanka – NfR

    NfR Sri Lanka, a network of Sri Lankan journalists and human rights defenders, strongly condemns the obstruction of the protest campaign against the disappearances in Sri Lanka by security forces without any legal ground. This blatant violation of people’s democratic rights shows that in the so-called liberated North of Sri Lanka not the rule of […]

  • Protesters against abductions denied access to Jaffna. Read more >

    Protesters against abductions denied access to Jaffna.

    Union of organizations against abductions and disappearance had organized an awareness program through the media of leaflets for 17th (today) in protest against the continuing abductions and disappearances.  They were stopped by the security forces at Puliyankulama this afternoon. The officers had told them that they could not be permitted to go to Jaffna and […]

  • Jaffna’s Thinakkural Rest Hotel hall damaged in attack

    An armed group this afternoon (Jan. 17) stormed Thinakkural Rest hotel in Jaffna and damaged its property. The main hall of the hotel, located at No: 45 in Nallur, was badly damaged in the attack, reports said.This was to be the venue for a media briefing to be held by organizations against abductions and enforced […]

  • Consequent to SC directive:Govt. bans 30 websites, registers 45

    Shamindra Ferdinando – The government has registered 45 news websites in line with a disputed decision taken late last year to regulate websites. Government sources said that the Mass Media and Information Ministry would issue letters of registration to 45 out of 80 websites, which had sought approval from the government.The government last November ordered […]

  • Prageeth Eknaligoda case: Appeal Court ruling on former AG

    Sri Lanka’s Appeal Court has ruled that former Attorney General Mr. Mohan Pieris could be called in as a witness to inquire into the disappearance of journalist, Prageeth Eknaligoda.  State Counsel told court that the order given by the Homagama Magistrate Court to call former attorney general before court was illegal. Not illegal Appeal Court […]

  • Govt’s move to deflect dissent – FMM

    The Free Media Movement of Sri Lanka (FMM) says that it did not campaign against the European Union’s Generalised System of Preferences plus (GSP+) facility to Sri Lanka. It said that FMM only campaigned for retaining GSP+ by urging Sri Lanka government to respect human rights obligations.Public oppositionThe Convenor of FMM, Sunil Jayasekera told Sandesaya […]

  • SL paramilitary in Jaffna monopolises cable TV market at gunpoint

     [TamilNet] – Hundreds of private cable operators, who have been supplying cable Television covering the villages of Jaffna for years have been harassed and coerced into working under a paramilitary operated cable operator, MBL Cable Network, in Jaffna. Independent operators who were operating their own dishes and distributing television channels to private consumers were told […]

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