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Freedom of expression

  • Sri Lanka Mirror website to take legal action

    OLINDHI JAYASUNDERE The Sri Lanka Mirror news website said yesterday that it was on the verge of shutting down as it was incurring losses after the government arbitrarily blocked the website along with four others and said it had filed a fundamental rights case regarding the matter.The website’s Editor Kelum Shivantha said that the website […]

  • Uthayan News Editor goes overseas seeking protection

    The News Editor of the Uthayan newspaper published in Jaffna, Gunasundaram Kuganadan has traveled overseas for protection, it is learnt. Fifty seven year old Kuganadan was subjected to an inhumane assault on July 29th when he was on his way home after work. He was treated in hospital following the severe injuries sustained during the […]

  • International day against impunity – NfR calls on Government of Sri Lanka to investigate crimes against media and journalists

    ”This is a concern for us, but our greater worry is the failure of the GoSL to bring to account those responsible for the murder of a number of journalists, as also brutal attacks with murderous intent that have left a number of journalists seriously disabled.” H.E. Ambassador Ms. Tamara Kunanayakam,Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri […]

  • The Sri Lankan editor trapped in his office for the last five years

    New freedoms promised by the end of 25-year civil war are still being denied journalists in Sri Lanka, where many who have taken an unbiased stance have paid with their lives.It is not simply dedication to his job that has led newspaper editor MV Kaanamyl-nathan to not leave his office for five-and-a-half years.In the spring […]

  • Rajapakse’s media fears spread from TamilNet to Sinhala opponents

     [TamilNet] “The ban on TamilNet is the first instance of what the Free Media Movement believes may soon be a slippery slope of web and internet censorship in Sri Lanka,” BBC reported on 20th June 2007 when local reports indicated that access to TamilNet was blocked by unannounced directives to service providers from officials in […]

  • Restriction of Content on the Internet in Sri Lanka

    a. Arbitrary blocking or filtering of contentDuring the latter part of the war, websites that purported to provide alternative coverage on the war were blocked. From June 2007, allegedly on the orders of the Sri Lankan government, all Internet service providers in Sri Lanka blocked users from being able to access the website The […]

  • Mervyn warns journalists to book coffins

    Katunayake (Srilankamirror) – Minister Mervyn Silva has warned journalists, whom he claimed were insulting the president and other important persons, to book coffins for themselves immediately.  He said at a function in Katunayake yesterday (Nov. 20) that he was finding the addresses of such journalists.The minister said there are lowly so-called journalists who insult important […]

  • GOSL before CAT: Tissa Denies Mohan’s Claims

    Raisa Wickrematunge- Senior Tamil journalist J. S Tissainayagam denied allegations that he “admitted his complicity” to an offence in order to gain a Presidential pardon. The allegation was made on November 9, when a delegation led by Presidential Counsel and Senior Legal Adviser to the Cabinet Mohan Pieris answered questions raised by the Committee Against […]

  • Web ban: Minister Keheliya’s statement irrelevant to Sri Lanka Mirror

    Sri Lanka Mirror emphasizes that Mass Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella’s statement that the government banned several websites which do not comply with ‘the right to reply’ concept is not relevant to the blocking of our website.Speaking at the Cabinet press briefing at the Government Information Department Auditorium yesterday (17), Minister Rambukwella said that all websites […]

  • Government took the decision to ban webistes without a court order

    Sri Lankan government has confirmed that it has taken down several websites without a court order. Speaking to journalists in Colombo on Tuesday, Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that government took the decision to ban websites without legal recourse. According to the minister, the government is unable to find who is behind the several websites […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Fear Psychosis

    Frederica Janz  ■Sri Lankans across the board, renowned for their friendly smiles and easy ways are too afraid to speakA Norwegian journalist Correspondent for Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation sat across from me in my office last Tuesday. Norwegian Broadcasting is state owned and the largest media organization in Norway, BUT with absolutely no interference in editorial […]

  • Sri Lanka’s savage smokescreen

    By Bob Dietz/CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Sri Lanka’s former attorney general Mohan Peiris, who is now the senior legal adviser to the cabinet and who many Sri Lankans say is aiming to become the next Supreme Court Chief Justice, has made conflicting statements about missing journalist Prageeth Eknelygoda. The discrepancies do more than point up […]

  • Ploy behind website registration too transparent – Karu

    (Srilankamirror) – Deputy Leader of the UNP Karu Jayasuriya says the ploy behind the Media Ministry move to register websites – to censor news not favourable to the government – is too transparent.  This is why both the United States and the European Union too have voiced serious concern, Mr. Jayasuriya says in a statement.“Several […]

  • Sri Lankan government to impose guidelines on media

    The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the Sri Lankan government’s announcement of an upcoming set of guidelines and code of conduct for journalists and media organizations, and believes these regulations will only increase the government’s control of the media.The announcement, which appeared Thursday in the government-owned Daily News, said the government would “soon introduce […]

  • Sri Lanka targets dissident websites

    (AFP) Sri Lanka on Saturday warned websites to register with the authorities after the United States expressed deep concern over Colombo’s blocking of a popular Internet-based dissident publication. The Ministry of Mass Media and Information said many reports posted on dissident websites amounted to character assassination of President Mahinda Rajapakse, his ministers and top officials.“This […]

  • Prior registration required for new websites

    (Srilankamirror) – Registration is required of new websites with content about Sri Lanka before their launch, said the Ministry of Media and Information.  The Ministry’s additional secretary (development and planning) K.W.T.N. Amaratunga says a request for registration should accompany a letter requesting same. She said so to representatives of several websites to be launched today (Nov. […]

  • Arbitrary Blocking and Registration of Websites: The Continuing Violation of Freedom of Expression on the Internet

    9th November 2011, Colombo, Sri Lanka: We the undersigned civil society organisations and individuals express grave concern over the press release issued by the Director General of the Department of Government Information on 5th November 2011, which requires all ‘websites carrying any content relating to Sri Lanka or the people of Sri Lanka… uploaded from […]

  • Sri Lanka: The internet, remaining space for free expression under attack

    Press release/ 09 Nov 2011Last Friday (04th November 2011) the Government of Sri Lanka took the unprecedented step of demanding that all internet based web sites which cover Sri Lanka news and views should register with the information ministry. Sending a strong message of intended action against websites which do not register in accordance with […]

  • Lawyers demand the Government to withdraw the ban on websites immediately.

    ”Lawyers for Democracy (LfD) states that the present regime fears criticism, dissent and any democratic challenge on their undemocratic and corrupt actions. In the recent past, Sri Lanka has had a questionable track record of limiting freedom of expression with dozens of journalists being killed and few media institutions being attacked. In none of these […]

  • Web Censorship Targeting Critical Voices in Sri Lanka – IFJ

    The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns the new registration rules introduced by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) for websites hosting any manner of content on the country, which has led to the blocking of several websites for internet users in Sri Lanka. These include Lanka News Web, Sri Lanka Mirror, Sri Lanka Guardian […]

  • EU Heads of Mission concerns the blocking of news websites in Sri Lanka

    PRESS RELEASE/STATEMENT BY EU HEADS OF MISSION IN COLOMBOEU Heads of Mission in Colombo view with concern the recent blocking of various news websites in Sri Lanka. The EU considers that freedom of press forms an integral part of any democratic system. The EU therefore believes that the media should be allowed to operate independently. […]

  • Sri Lanka blocks 5 news websites over ‘insults’

    BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI(AP)Sri Lanka has blocked five news websites because they committed character assassination and insulted people including key political leaders, officials said Monday. Media groups criticized the moves as undemocratic, and the U.S. Embassy recently raised concerns about press freedom in Sri Lanka.Sri Lankan laws do not restrict the press from criticizing leaders, but media […]

  • Website blocking ‘a brutal crackdown’

    A survey revealed that certain websites violate the country’s laws, says media ministry Media watchdogs in Sri Lanka have raised serious concerns over the latest move by the government to block certain websites seem to be critical of the government.The Free Media Movement (FMM) said the government is now targeting the new media despite facing […]

  • Govt. blocks more websites, all must register

     Leon Berenger More news websites were blocked yesterday as the Government said those carrying news relating to Sri Lanka should register with it – prompting strong protests by the main opposition United National Party. Following the ban on lankaenews website, the government yesterday blocked,,, and, which is the official website […]

  • Sri Lanka urges news websites to register after ban

    REUTERSSri Lanka ordered news websites on Saturday to register with the Media Ministry, in what critics called a further step toward restricting media after the banning of an anti-government site last month.“It’s a request from the Media Ministry to register (news) websites with the ministry,” said Director General of the government’s Information Department Ariyarathna Athugala.He […]

  • Sri Lanka targets dissident websites

    (AFP)  Sri Lanka on Saturday warned websites to register with the authorities after the United States expressed deep concern over Colombo’s blocking of a popular Internet-based dissident publication.  The Ministry of Mass Media and Information said many reports posted on dissident websites amounted to character assassination of President Mahinda Rajapakse, his ministers and top officials. […]

  • blocked by SLT

    Srilankamirror- website has been blocked by the internet service provider Sri Lanka Telecom. As a result, updating the website has become difficult.  Our attempts to contact Telecommunications Regulatory Commission director general Anusha Pelpita for a comment were unsuccessful.  We apologize to our readers over this unfortunate situation which has come at a time when we […]

  • Assault on FTZ workers: Investigations not yet over: SG

     S.S.SELVANAYAGAM When the rights petitions of the aggrieved workers of the Katunayake Free Trade Zone complaining of police assault came up before the Supreme Court, the Solicitor General told Court that the investigation is pending and assured that the investigation would be completed within a month. Solicitor General Palitha Fernando informed Court the Confidential Interim […]

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