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  • Lanka paper held back by the Police .

    This week’s Lanka newspaper,  published by the rebel faction of the JVP has been seized by the Mt Lavina police. A spokesman for the group said that the motive appeared to be delaying the distribution of the paper, JVP (DNA) MP Vijitha Herath said that since there was a dispute over the publication they had lodged […]

  • FMM awaits the response of the government of the Maldives

    FMM condemns false allegations against press freedom and human rights activists The Free Media Movement (FMM) expresses its serious concern on the false allegations being carried out by the media controlled by and sympathetic to the Sri Lankan government against a former Convener and a present Ex-Co Member of the Free Media Movement. According to […]

  • JVP dispute leads to bloodshed; 3 arrested – Talks, reconciliation ruled out

    Saman Indrajith The JVP’s intraparty dispute took a turn for the worse yesterday with the dissidents, known as the Premkumar Gunaratnam group, resorting to violence against the loyalists of JVP leader Somawansa Amerasinghe. The Gunaratnam group set upon one of Amarasinghe’s loyalists yesterday at a JVP safe house in Madiwela injuring him badly. The victim, Kamalaratne […]

  • Irida Lanka news paper circulation stopped by Grandpass Police

    The circulation of Irida Lanka news paper was stopped by Grandpass Police after JVP’s mayoral candidate for the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) Sunil Watagala two other directors of the Lanka Fast Publishers lodged a complaint. The directors came to the Lakbima News Papers premises where the papers are handed to the outstation circulation with the […]

  • ‘Freedom of expression situation is in peril’ – AHRC

    The situation of the freedom of expression in the country is in peril, the Asian Human Rights Commission warns, pointing to the recent assault of VFM managing director Ruwan Sugathadasa. The AHRC says in a statement that the government has shown no interest in prosecuting the alleged perpetrators of the incident.“The situation of the freedom […]

  • Maldives silent on media’s claim on Nasheed-Sunanda arguments

    The Maldivian government is yet to respond to an incident that had reportedly taken place four days ago at the side event during the UN Human Rights Council sessions, involving the Maldives president and exiled Sri Lankan journalist Sunanda Deshapriya.Mr. Deshapriya has said, that government and pro-government media in Colombo had reported that president Mohamed […]

  • Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

    Charles HavilandThe demolition has been denounced by both Muslims and Sinhalese. A group of Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka led a crowd that demolished a Muslim shrine last week, the BBC has learned. This incident took place on Saturday in Anuradhapura, an ancient Buddhist city and Unesco world heritage site. The monk who led the […]

  • Two traitors in Geneva – Dinamina

    Two persons betraying the country’s interests are involved in organizing pro-LTTE groups against Sri Lanka on the sidelines of the UNHCR sessions; the ‘Dinamina’ has reported today (Sep. 13).One is said to be a former leading light of the Free Media Movement and the other, a prominent figure of the main Opposition party with medical […]

  • 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 […]

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    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’ […]

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