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  • Sri Lanka should meet benchmarks prior to commonwealth games

    At the 2009 CHOGM, Sri Lanka’s candidature for hosting the meeting was deferred from 2011 to 2013 because of concerns about human rights abuses by the Sri Lankan government. While war-time abuses have ended, the situation in Sri Lanka continues to be characterised by serious human rights violations, including assault on democratic institutions, such as […]

  • Top radio executive brutally assaulted .

    A top executive with an independent private radio station was hospitilised after he was severely beaten up by a three-member gang close to his residence at Boralesgamuwa a short while ago.According to police three unknown persons had assaulted Ruwan Sugathadasa-Managing Director of V-FM while he was returning home shortly after dusk today. They said the […]

  • Total ban on drinking, smoking scenes

    Olindhi JayasundereThe present censorship on the telecasting of television programmes showing the use of alcohol or cigarettes will be removed and instead from Thursday a complete ban will be imposed on the telecasting of such programmes, the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol said yesterday.These new rules will be introduced in accordance with the provisions […]

  • Katunayake EPZ employees move court against police

    Chitra WeerarathneTwo employees of Nortel Lanka Private Limited, Katunayake, had filed a fundamental rights violation application, in the Supreme Court, alleging assault, illegal arrest, illegal detention and denial of their freedom of expression by officers of the Seeduwa and Katunayake police.They had alleged that they, along with their colleagues, protested against the intention of the […]

  • 2 held over JVP’s ‘false smiles’ poster Read more >

    2 held over JVP’s ‘false smiles’ poster

    The JVP claims that two of its activists have been arrested while they were pasting a poster to target the local government polls. They were arrested by police at Attidiya in Dehiwala in the early hours of this morning (Aug. 24) accusing them of pasting anti-government posters, said its propaganda secretary Vijitha Herath. The poster in question […]

  • Protest on Kuganathan assault escalates amid eyewash arrest Read more >

    Protest on Kuganathan assault escalates amid eyewash arrest

    More than 200 media workers, politicians and activists from North and South joined hands at Jaffna Bus Station staging a protest Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. till noon against the brutal assault last month on Gnanasundaram Kuganathan, the chief news editor of Uthayan daily in Jaffna and against the prevailing suppression of freedom of expression in […]

  • 6 media groups off to Jaffna to protest Kuhanathan assault Read more >

    6 media groups off to Jaffna to protest Kuhanathan assault

    Representatives of six media groups in the South left for Jaffna this morning (Aug. 15) to hold a protest to condemn the assault of ‘Udayan’ news editor Gnanasundaram Kuhanathan.  Led by the Free Media Movement, these media groups will hold an agitation and signature collection for a petition against the government in Jaffna town tomorrow. […]

  • AHRC demands justice by Neth FM journalist assaulted by police Read more >

    AHRC demands justice by Neth FM journalist assaulted by police

    The Asian Human Rights Commission has demanded justice for journalist Nilupa Sanjaya Liyanagehewa, who had been assaulted by police. In a statement, the AHRC says it has received information that Mr. Liyanagehewa of Neth FM, one of the Sri Lanka’s leading electronic media institutions, was assaulted by a group of 15 police officers attached to the […]

  • Ratnajeevan Hoole flees Sri Lanka

    Professor Ratnajeevan Hoole, the unsuccessful candidate for the post of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jaffna supported by a section of pro-Rajapaksa elements, had to flee Jaffna as well as the island in the wake of a defamation case filed by SL minister Douglas Devananda in the Kayts court, news sources in Jaffna said adding […]

  • Concerns over Democracy, Rule of Law and Human Rights in the Northern Province – Friday Forum

    PRESS RELEASE/9th August 2011Weeks after local government elections in Jaffna we remain concerned about the state of democracy, protection of human rights, and the political polarisation that troubles the North in particular and the entire country in general.  We unequivocally condemn the brutal assault on Gnanasundaram Kuhanathan, news editor of the Tamil-language daily Uthayan on […]

  • Fighting for press freedom in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Fighting for press freedom in Sri Lanka

    Sara Nics   “If you are not with the government, you become an instant traitor to the country. They said I should be killed; very clearly, they said I should be killed.” In his 30-year career as a reporter and editor in Sri Lanka, Sunanda Deshapriya says he was non-political, but his reporting on the 25-year […]

  • Law Commission appointed after 18 months delay

    Susitha R. Fernando The newly appointed Law Commission which was appointed after a one and a half years delay is to give priority to some vital and controversial laws including the Freedom of Information Act, a senior Law Commission official said. Law Commission Secretary Ms. Lakshmi Gunasekera said 12 important draft laws including the Freedom […]

  • Assault on media men should not be taken seriously – Media Minister

    In an interview with ‘Lanka’ newspaper Media Minister, Mr Keheliya Rambukwella has said that the continuous assaults on media men are only minor incidents. The following are the excerpts of the interview with the questions and answers given by the Minister:‘What were the steps taken by you as the Media Minister on the assault on ‘Udayan’ […]

  • Uthayan attackers still at large

    The two men who had assaulted chief news editor of the Jaffna based Uthayan newspaper, G. Kuganathan were still at large, police said.Police had deployed several teams into the area to arrest the two men who had arrived on a motorbike to assault the news editor. Inspector General of Police N.K. Ilangakoon has handed over […]

  • Uthayan attack – Inquiry report with the President

    First report on the investigation into the attack on Uthayan paper Chief Editor, Mr Gnanasundaram Kuganathanhas been handed over to the President by the Inspector General of Police, Mr N K Ilangakoon yesterday (02). This has been informed to the media institutions by the Director, Media Unit Mr Bandula Jayasekara.  He has also mentioned to expect […]

  • Suspected EPDP goons assault 59 year old news editor of Jaffna newspaper

    by D.B.S. Jeyaraj Gnanasundaram Kuhanathan, News Editor of Tamil Daily”Uthayan” was attacked with iron rods in Jaffna by 2 thugs suspected to be from the EPDP59 year old Kuhanathan was admitted to the Jaffna hospital&is undergoing intensive treatment for serious head injuries caused by the assaultThe attack occurred around 7.30 pm on July 28th near […]

  • Sri Lankan journalist attacked ‘with iron bars’

    By Mel Gunasekera  An ethnic Tamil journalist in Sri Lanka’s formerly embattled north was brutally attacked with iron bars, police said on Saturday, the latest in a string of assaults on the nation’s media.Gnanasundaram Kuhanathan, news editor of the Tamil-language daily Uthayan, was attacked by a gang of men wielding iron bars on Friday near […]

  • Rise up for media freedom & democracy – JVP Read more >

    Rise up for media freedom & democracy – JVP

    The attack on the editor of ‘Udayan’ newspaper is not only an issue regarding media freedom. It is an issue regarding national unity; an issue regarding the right to live freely; an issue regarding the freedom of expression and it is also an issue regarding democracy states a communiqué issued by the Political Bureau of […]

  • CSN transmitters fixed on Navy’s tower at Piduruthalagala

     Yoshitha Rajapaksa’s Carlton Sports Network (CSN) is fixing transmitters on the Sri Lanka Navy’s transmission tower at Piduruthalagala inorder to broadcast the matches between Sri Lanka and Australia to be played next month, an official from Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) said.It has been decided to fix transmitters on the Navy tower after the media […]

  • Use prime time TV for studies- MR

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa said at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting that all the TV channels should be requested not to telecast teledramas between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm so that schoolchildren could devote their time to studying.The president said that the Cabinet should make a collective request to the TV channels operating in the country. At this […]

  • Deeds Not Words – re right to information bill

    ”The founder Editor of this newspaper was brutally killed by hired goons over two and a half years ago. The resultant investigation has been played out like a soap opera. The Cabinet spokesperson ventured as far as to give definite dates when the culprits would be brought to book”. The recent defeat of the Right […]

  • Media director Hulugalle Owes Rs. 900,000 to CEB

    By Indika Sri Aravinda A private radio station registered under the name of the wife of the Director General of the Media Center for National Security Lakshman Hulugalle, owes the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) over Rs. 900,000 on electricity bills.The Matale transmission station of Sath FM had not paid its electricity bills for a period of […]

  • Patta Pal Boru – President Mahinda Rajapaksa threatens media

    ”Instead of telephoning publishers and yelling at them Rajapaksa should have the foresight (he is after all President) to explain why his son was given USD half million? Why indeed did China choose to favour him with over one billion rupees to use at his discretion? Into which fund/account where these monies deposited? How are […]

  • US uses aid weapon: Lanka may lose Rs. 1.4 billion

    By Anthony David Sri Lanka stands to lose 13 million dollars (Rs 1.4 billion) in development assistance from the United States if a ban on aid becomes law. Altogether US AID has sought US$ 55 million (Rs 6 billion) for aid programmes for the fiscal year 2012 (October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012).On Thursday, […]

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