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  • 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 […]

  • Lasantha murder: International probe urged

     On the third death anniversary of a slain newspaper editor his widow has called on the international community to exert pressure on Sri Lanka government to hold an independent investigation into his murder.Sonali Wickrematunge Samarasinghe, the widow of Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, says the investigation needed “to bring back the rule of law rather […]

  • No move to punish killers of Lasantha – FMM

     The Free Media Movement says yesterday (Jan. 08) marked the third death anniversary of  Lasantha Wickramatunge, a journalist who fought for the freedom of the press and relentlessly pursued what he believed was right.  On January 8, 2009 he was brutally murdered by unidentified assailants in close proximity to a high security zone in the […]

  • Lasantha Was Murdered 3 Years Ago …Remembering Lasantha

    It is three years to the date when Lasantha Wickrematunge (5 April 1958 – 8 January 2009) was murdered on his way to office along Attidiya Road, Ratmalana. It is three long years since Avinash, Ahimsa and Aadesh lost a father. They grieve for him. The country grieves for the apathy shown  by the law […]

  • SL military-led administration in North harasses Tamil journalists

     [TamilNet] After two years of war and claims that Colombo has resettled civilians in Vanni, remote areas of the mainland still remain prohibited for Tamil journalists. Sri Lankan military intelligence officers and operatives systematically harass the journalists who visit the areas beyond the ‘A9 comfort zone’ of the occupying SL military. Meanwhile, harassment by SL […]

  • Ministry to grant registration to 41 websites

    (Srilankamirror) – The media ministry will grant registration next week to 41 websites that were selected under a selection process, said its secretary W.B. Ganegala. A three member committee, including an additional secretary of the ministry and a representative of ICTA, has approved registration for these websites, he said.Details of these websites, including their owners […]

  • LLRC report: Right to Information revisited

    “The Commission was deeply disturbed by persistent reports concerning attacks and obstacles placed on journalists and media institutions including news websites and killing of journalists and the fact that these incidents remain to be conclusively investigated and perpetrators brought to justice. The Commission was also alarmed by the deplorable attack on the Editor of the […]

  • Legal Action Against Groups Criticising LLRC

    Raisa Wickrematunge The External Affairs Ministry has warned that legal action will be taken against any group or institution which spreads false claims regarding the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LRRC). Deputy Minister of External Affairs, Neomal Perera said that while certain institutions had been identified as making false statements on the LLRC report, […]

  • Fmr. AG’s speech featured in Ekneligoda case .

    When the case into the disappearance of senior journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda was taken up at the Homagama Magistrate’s Court today, the counsel appearing on behalf of Mr. Eknaligoda’s family said he intended calling former Attorney General Mohan Peiris as a witness in the habeas corpus inquiry.Counsel Chryshmal Warnasooriya appearing with Sonali Wanigabaduge, Supun Wickremeratne and […]

  • The state of State media

    THE media is a beleaguered industry in Sri Lanka, but freedom of expression is perhaps more strangled in State-owned institutions. Therefore, it was refreshing to hear MP Namal Rajapaksa asking the State media to be more impartial in their reporting and not concentrate so much on his family.Yet, having said that, one is forced to […]

  • Sri Lanka unblocks 1 news website after month

     (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities agreed Thursday to restore access to a news website that had been blocked with four others for more than a month over alleged insults and character assassination. The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission agreed to unblock srilankamirror.com on several conditions, including that it will not provide links to sites that are blocked […]

  • Eknaligoda case: Focus on ex-AG

    Chris Kamalendran The Human Right Commission of Sri Lanka said yesterday it had not yet taken a decision on whether to summon former Attorney General Mohan Peiris to come before it in connection with a complaint made by missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda’s wife. Sandya Eknaligoda in her complaint has said Mr. Peiris, now a presidential […]

  • Government says ‘sorry’ for nun’s arrest

    Sri Lanka Government says it apoloises for the raid of Missionaries of Charity Convent in Moratuwa and the arrest of its superior nun. “This is a serious and very sensitive issue. The apology by the cabinet minister responsible for the subject is a clear indication of the government’s stand on this matter” Cabinet Spokesman Minister […]

  • Namal Perera, Sarath Fonseka and the plight of Sri Lankan media

     Lucinda FleesonThere’s a saying that Sri Lanka has plenty of media freedom. Journalists are free to write whatever they wish, and everyone else is free to kill them. So I tried to hide my worry as I stood at the curb in the passenger drop-off lane at Dulles International Airport outside Washington , D.C. , […]

  • Sri Lanka media group challenges websites blocking

    BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI A media rights group has filed a court challenge over the Sri Lankan government’s blocking of five news websites for content that was deemed insulting, a spokesman said Tuesday. The local Free Media Movement filed a fundamental rights application in the Supreme Court on Monday on the basis that the blockade breaches the people’s […]

  • Free media seeks SC order to lift ban on websites

    Sarath Dharmasena  The Free Media Movement yesterday filed a fundamental rights violation petition in the Supreme Court seeking the lifting of the ban on five websites in Sri Lanka.  The websites named were Sri Lanka Mirror, Lanka Guardian, Lanka E-News, Lanka News Web and Papparazi news.comIt was cited in the petition that the Director of […]

  • What are the legal provisions to register websites? – Mangala asks

    (Srilankamirror) – MP and head of the UNP Communication Division Mangala Samaraweera has asked the authorities to inform him of the relevant legal provisions enabling the Ministry of Mass Media and Information to require the websites carrying any content relating to Sri Lanka or the people of Sri Lanka to be registered with that ministry. In […]

  • Tear gas & water cannon for SYU ‘march’

    The ‘protest march’ of the Socialist Youth Union’ was subjected to attacks of tear gas and high pressure water canon by the police a little while ago.  Five protest marchers have been injured due to the baton charge carried out by the police say reports.The ‘protest march’ was organized to protest against the budget presented […]

  • Prageeth’s wife writes to UN-CAT over Mohan Peiris claim

    (Srilankamirror)The wife of missing journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda has written to the UN Committee Against Torture regarding a statement the former attorney general Mohan Peiris had made before the Committee.Sandya Ekneligoda has sent the letter to UN-CAT secretary Joao Nataf over the fate of her husband, who went missing on 24 January last year.Text of the […]

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