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  • 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, […]

  • Sri Lanka’s white vans deliver fear and oppression

    ”Entering on tourist visas to a former Tamil Tiger administered region RNW spoke to locals, on subjects as diverse as business, sport and the UN’s development role. During one such conversation in a restaurant they were spied on and reported to the police, who later that night arrived at the hotel for a midnight interrogation. […]

  • Assets of state TV to Namal’s channel

     Assets of ‘Rupavahini’ and TNA are being illegally used by Namal Rajapakse to commence broadcasts of Carlton TV channel say employees of ‘Rupavahini.They say the relevant equipment for broadcasting the channel of President’s son are being fixed on the TNA tower in Sinharaja and two transmitters have been already fixed in a rest room of […]

  • Threats escalate on TNA candidates ahead of civic elections in North

    Following the Sri Lanka Army attack on Tamil National Alliance (TNA) meeting last month and the systematic harassment on building owners not to provide their halls to TNA for campaign meetings, the residences of various candidates of the TNA, including the former parliamentarian M.K. Sivajilingam, have been targeted by SLA-operated squads that are engaged in […]

  • Sanga’s crime – Editorial The Island Read more >

    Sanga’s crime – Editorial The Island

     If Sanga had dropped out of school at a tender age, cut his teeth on crime, taken to dirty politics and become a minister instead of pursuing his studies, playing brilliant cricket and bringing glory to his country, he, too, would have been able to commit murder, plunder public funds, tie public officials to trees, […]

  • Cricket in Sri Lanka – More than just a game Read more >

    Cricket in Sri Lanka – More than just a game

    Star batsman, smart operator CRICKET is supposed to uphold the virtue of fair play. The preamble to the Laws of Cricket talks about “the spirit of the game”; their English custodians even hold an annual “Spirit of Cricket” lecture at Lord’s in London, the game’s home.In Sri Lanka, cricketers have long been a source of […]

  • Journalists barred from visiting north Read more >

    Journalists barred from visiting north

    Check point  Omanthai Authorities in Sri Lanka have prevented a group of journalists from visiting northern Sri Lanka despite assurances that there will be no restrictions to travel to the north.Dinasena Ratugamage who was among the group says security force personnel at Omanthai checkpoint told him not to take photographs or interview people, local and […]

  • SLA officer ‘involved’ in Lasantha murder Read more >

    SLA officer ‘involved’ in Lasantha murder

     Activists and collegues have been campaigning for justice for Lasantha and familyPolice in Sri Lanka say that there is evidence to suggest the involvement of a Sri Lanka army (SLA) intelligence officer in the murder of Sunday Leader editor.Lasantha Wickramatunga was shot dead in Colombo on 08 January 2009.Police Terrorism Investigation Department (TID) told Colombo […]

  • Sri Lanka minister orders probe into Sangakkara comments

    Shihar Aneez/ reuters Sri Lanka’s sports minister has ordered a probe into former captain Kumar Sangakkara’s comments about the island nation’s cricket administrators and political meddling during his speech to Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) members at Lord’s on Monday.Sangakkara was given a standing ovation after delivering the annual Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture in which he […]

  • Free media: Headlines and deadlines – Editorial Daily Mirror

    05 July 2011According to the highest and most hallowed principles of the free media, their main role is to be a powerful and prophetic voice of the voiceless, marginalized or oppressed people and the instruments through which the common people especially exercise their fundamental right to the freedom of information and expression.The media also need […]

  • Law to protect right to information is unnecessary – President

     By Namini WijedasaPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa last week categorically told newspaper editors that a law to protect the people’s right to information was unnecessary. He said instead that he could ensure access to information excluding what was covered by the Official Secrecy Act and national security. If a journalist lodged a request, the president said, he […]

  • Cabinet decides to give cricket telecasting rights to son of MR

     Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa when addressing the media briefing yesterday reveal the cabinet decisions to the media , said, the Govt. has decided that the telecasting rights regarding the Sri Lanka (SL) cricket tournaments where the SL team is participating , shall be given exclusively to the State media . However he added that private […]

  • Sri Lankan army attempts to block SEP meeting in Jaffna

    1 July 2011/wswsDespite disruptive actions by the military and the police in the military-occupied city of Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka, workers, youth and housewives participated in a well-attended June 19 public meeting organised by the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) on “The Middle East upheavals and the theory of the permanent revolution.”Two days before the […]

  • Date set for Sivaram murder trial Read more >

    Date set for Sivaram murder trial

    Sivaram was abducted in Colombo in April 2005 and his body was found dumped in a HSZ, a day laterA court in Sri Lanka has set the dates for the trial of the abduction and murder of a senior Tamil journalist.The Colombo High Court has decided to proceed with the trial on the murder of […]

  • FTZ workers file FR petition before SC

    By S.S.SelvanayagamTen workers of the Katunayake Free Trade Zone (FTZ) filed a fundamental rights violation petition yesterday before the Supreme Court against the impugned police assault on the peaceful demonstrators within the FTZ on May 30.In their petition filed through their instructing Attorney-at-Law Gowry Shangary Thavarasha, they cited the Police OICs of Katunayake and Seeduwa […]

  • The Lankan government’s might to information

    Sutirtho Patranobis, June 28, 2011 A two-thirds majority in a 225-member Parliament usually means that in the last election the people overwhelmingly voted for the current government. But does that mean that citizens have abdicated the right to ask questions? Or, even better, have handed over the right to control their thoughts to thegovernment?Last week, […]

  • Govt. rejects our right to know

        Long-delayed Freedom of Information Bill defeated in parliament, chink in Rajapaksa regime’s armour exposed     Bill would have strengthened democracy amidst allegations of oppression and human rights violationsBy Sunday Times Political Editor Weeks ago, Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkoddy was in the chair at a party leaders’ meeting that discussed Parliamentary business in the days […]

  • Ekneligoda habeas corpus case on Aug.23 Read more >

    Ekneligoda habeas corpus case on Aug.23

    The habeas corpus application filed by the wife of a Lanka e-news free lancejournalist who went missing since 2010 was fixed for argument for the third timefor August 23. The petitioners Mrs. K.M.S.P. Ekneligoda and her two children cited DIG Nandana Manasinghe of CID, Homagama Police OIC, then IGP Mahinda Balasuriya and the Attorney General […]

  • Politicians’ “fear” of freedom of information

    by Melani Manel PereraAn organisation representing journalists and media hold press conference in which they slam politicians for fearing freedom of information. They note that Sri Lanka is the only nation in South Asia that does not have a law guaranteeing freedom of information.Colombo (AsiaNews) – Sri Lanka needs a bill to protect freedom of […]

  • SL Army orders against renting halls to TNA, political parties

    Sri Lanka Army occupying Jaffna comes out with intimidating ‘unofficial orders’ to owners of public halls in Jaffna, not to rent halls to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) or to any other political party critical of the Colombo regime to conduct political or public meetings, news sources from Jaffna said. Colombo has decided to completely […]

  • Journalists Talk about Life in Exile Read more >

    Journalists Talk about Life in Exile

    IPI Commemorates World Refugee Day 2011By Mina Nacheva Sunanda Deshapriya (L), media spokesperson for the Free Media Movement, speaks as Sanath Balasuriya (C) from Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association and Daramasiri Lankapeli (R) from the Federation of Media Employed Trade union, look on during a news conference for five media organisations in Colombo July 1, […]

  • Replacing investigations with gossip: The attempt to trivialize the campaign on the disappearance of Prageeth Ekneliagoda Read more >

    Replacing investigations with gossip: The attempt to trivialize the campaign on the disappearance of Prageeth Ekneliagoda

    By Basil Fernando (AHRC)There are discussions about Prageeth Eknaliagoda’s abduction and disappearance that go something like this:Was he a journalist or was he not a journalist?Was he a great journalist or was he a lesser journalist?Was he abducted and made to disappear due his activities as a journalist or was the abduction and disappearance unrelated […]

  • Democracy defeated by 63 votes Read more >

    Democracy defeated by 63 votes

    Daily Mirror editorial /23 June 2011 Freedom of expression is an unalienable right enshrined in democracy. It is not a privilege that any government can deem its right to deliver the citizens as and if they so desire. The defeat of the Private Members motion on a Right to Information Bill by 63 votes speaks […]

  • Sri Lanka Government Rejects Right to Information Bill  – IFJ Read more >

    Sri Lanka Government Rejects Right to Information Bill – IFJ

    Media Release: Sri Lanka  /June 23, 2011The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is dismayed to learn that a freedom of information law proposed in Sri Lanka has been overwhelmingly defeated by the government majority in the country’s parliament. The Right to Information Bill, presented by opposition United National Party deputy leader Karu Jayasuriya on June […]

  • Sri Lanka regime rejects press freedom bill

    COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s ruling party used its parliamentary majority Tuesday to defeat an opposition-initiated bill to grant greater media freedom, a parliamentary official said.President Mahinda Rajapakse’s United People’s Freedom Alliance, which enjoys a two-thirds majority in the 225-member assembly, shot down the Freedom of Information Bill presented by an opposition lawmaker, an official […]

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