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Freedom of expression

  • Media rights group want Issipriya’s death probed

    21 June 2011 The New York-based media rights group Committee to Protect Journalists has called for an international inquiry into the death of LTTE television presenter, who was allegedly executed by government forces.A documentary by Britain’s Channel 4, “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields”, contained footage of what it said were prisoner executions in the final days […]

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    CID queries journalist over drug dealer arrest article

    22 June 2011 The CID has questioned the ‘Divaina’ journalist who had written an article for the newspaper’s June 13 issue regarding the arrest of a drug dealer.Commercial crimes OIC Anura de Silva had gone to the newspaper office yesterday (June 21) and said that he was investigating a complaint made by UPFA Colombo district […]

  • Groundviews  and Vikalpa blocked in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Groundviews and Vikalpa blocked in Sri Lanka

    A number of user reports from Sri Lanka indicate that Groundviews is now blocked on Sri Lanka Telecom ADSL broadband Internet connections. It also appears that Vikalpa, our partner site that publishes critical content in Sinhala, is also blocked. Further, the website of Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) is also blocked. Content and comments published […]

  • Bring these thugs to justice! Read more >

    Bring these thugs to justice!

    It is alleged that not even a library association meeting takes place in that part of the country without the intimidating presence of military personnel. These complaints should be investigated and swift action taken to reassess the security situation there and relax restrictions on people’s freedom. June 17, 2011,Thursday’s savage attack on a group of […]

  • Sri Lanka Tamil party says military attacked its poll campaign

    16 Jun 2011 / Source: reuters // ReutersJaffna, Sri Lanka, June 16 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s main ethnic minority Tamil party on Thursday said the military had attacked its campaign events in the former war zone in the north to create a climate of fear ahead of the first local government polls in 26 years.Legislators […]

  • Five hundred days since the forced disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda

    by Basil Fernando Five hundred days after the disappearance of journalist and cartoonist, Prageeth Eknaligoda, the family and friends of Prageeth as well as media organizations and human rights organizations took to the streets to demand for inquiries into his disappearance. A serious transformation has taken place in the criminal justice system of Sri Lanka. […]

  • Journalists other than from state media chased out from requiem mass

    04 June 2011 Journalists who had gone to cover the last rights for Roshen Chanaka, who was killed by police shooting at a demonstration held against the government’s attempt to bring in a ‘pensions bill’ for private sector employees amidst their opposition, have been denied entry to the church where the mass is to be […]

  • Freedom of Information: Karu tries again

    June 4, 2011UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya has presented a Private Member’s Bill on Freedom of Information, which has been issued as a supplement to the Government Gazette. This Bill seeks “to provide for freedom of access to official information; specify grounds on which access may be denied: the establishment of the Freedom of Information […]

  • Joint Action: Sri Lanka – Invitation to the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression

    The International Federation of Journalists, co-author partner organisation International Media Support, and 37 signatory members of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), including co-authors the Writers in Prison Committee – PEN International, Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters sans Frontières, endorsed the following letter at IFEX’s General Meeting held in Beirut, Lebanon on May […]

  • Gang attacks Tamil journalist in Jaffna city

    28 May 2011,32-year-old Staff Correspondent of Uthayan Daily in Jaffna, S. Kavitharan, was attacked Saturday morning around 6:30 by a gang believed to be operated by a paramilitary group, near the Jaffna Hindu College while the journalist was on his way to work, the officials at the paper said. A camouflaged group, of up to […]

  • Case dropped against author Sarah Malanie Perera

    By ANIQA HAIDER / May 22, 2011 A BAHRAIN-based author who was stranded in Sri Lanka for nearly 14 months after being accused of blasphemy has had the case against her dropped.Sarah Malanie Perera was detained via emergency laws in Colombo in March last year for alleged “anti-state” activities and links to Islamic militants.She was […]

  • Journalist arrested and severely tortured by Panadura Police

    Urgent AppealThe Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Mr. Niroshan Premaratne, a professional journalist attached to the Independent Television Network (ITN) of Wickremasinghe Pura, Battaramulla, Colombo was illegally arrested and severely tortured by police officers attached to the Panadura Police Station on 8 May 2011May 20, 2011ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION-URGENT APPEAL PROGRAMMEUrgent […]

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