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Space for dissent shrinking domestically in Sri Lanka and UNHRC needs to take a more robust approach – Joint statement at HRC 44

"Considering growing concerns over shrinking space for dissent domestically, the Council remains effectively the only forum where Sri Lankan civil society has the possibility...

Sri Lanka blocks Sankathi24 Tamil news website as press crackdown continues

The Sri Lankan government has blocked access to renowned Tamil news website Sankathi24.com, as the state continued with its tightening of the Tamil press. The...

Ramzy Razeek: An extraordinary struggle for an ordinary life of service upended by an arrest – Z.L. Mohamed

Ramzy Razik was arrested on April 9, 2020 at his home off Katugasota in Kandy by the CID. The next day, he was produced...

Sri Lanka: The truth about the arrest and detention of Ramzy Razeek

Damith Chandimal and Ruki Fernando. On 2nd April, Ramzy Razeek wrote a post on his Facebook wall about the need for ideological jihad or ideological struggle...

Death of whistleblower ignites calls for political reform in China

(AFP•February 9, 2020) The death of a whistleblowing doctor who was reprimanded for warning about the new coronavirus has sparked rare calls for political...

Sri Lanka: Uphold country’s reputation, President tells media houses

Image: A journalist attached to the Lankadeepa newspaper and his family were attacked by a group of men. Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday...

Sri Lanka: Former Lake House new media editor attacked!

Former Editor of the Digital and New Media Unit of the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. (Lake House) and founder of popular social media...

Sri Lanka: FMM expresses its concerns over journalists being questioned

Image: Thushara Vitharana, a journalist of Voice Tube were summoned by police for interrogation . 2019-11-29/ ...

14 strong police team search Newshub.lk newsroom in an attempt to intimidate them.

Image: This is a media suppression - Danushka Ramanayake. A Police team from the Mirihana Police searched the newsroom of Newshub.lk this morning, investigating a complaint...

Sri Lankan presidential candidates asked to guarantee editorial independence – RSF

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Sri Lanka’s presidential candidates to give firm pledges to respect press freedom after a media owner threatened and...

Sri Lanka election head withdraws TV censorship after criticism

Image: EC Mahinda Deshapriya. Sri Lanka's election commission chief on Sunday backed down from plans to censor a state-owned TV station following criticism that his...

Sri Lanka: Election Commission in crisis over ITN censorship

Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday banned state-owned ITN from telecasting any politically-oriented program after accusing it of broadcasting an interview which he said...

Playwright Dewapriya released after recording long statement

Playwright Malaka Devapriya, who was summoned to the Organised Crimes Prevention Division (OCPD) of the Police this morning over a radio drama he had...

The Problem With Sri Lanka’s New ‘False News’ Law

By Rehab Mahamoor/August 07, 2019. Sri Lanka is no stranger to arbitrary laws that are prone to misuse. For the past 40 years, it has had the...

Misuse of ICCPR act in Sri Lanka in suppressing freedom of expression rights.

Image; Shakthika Sathkumara When protective laws turn offensive -Tharumalee Silva. Even though we cannot declare Ardha a successful short story, Sathkumara’s arrest threatens writers and artists’...

FMM is concerned that proposed law revision relating to fake news & hate speech could threaten freedom of expression

In a letter to the Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms, the Free Media Movement has expressed its concern that the given current context...

New fake news/hate speech laws: Are they really necessary? – Himal Kotelawala

(republicnext) Earlier this week, the Government announced fresh moves to curtail the spread of fake news. The Cabinet of Ministers on Wednesday (5) approved...

Sri Lanka govt to bring new laws to curb fake news & hate speech that jeopardize national harmony & national security

Cabinet approval has been granted to amend the Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code to take action against false news distribution, extremist statements...

Singaporean-style draconian law proposed to rein in media in Sri Lanka.

Speaking at a journalism training workshop in Matale on 23rd May Chairman of Sri Lanka Press Council (SLPC) Attorney-at-law Koggala Wellala Bandula  has said...

Sri Lanka clashes kill one; imposes nationwide curfew after mosques attacked

Alexandra Ulmer, Omar Rajarathnam  KINIYAMA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - One person was killed in Sri Lanka on Monday as police fired tear gas at mobs attacking...

Sri Lanka: Military warns the general public of propagating misinformation & hate

Any individuals, groups or organizations involved publishing false news, information, images, interviews or any other form of publications that could provoke communal/racial tensions, public...

Sri Lanka MoD warns against circulating false information via social media

Issuing a press release National Media Centre of the Ministry of Defence warns that action will be taken against persons involved in circulating false information...

Sri Lanka: Arrest of novelist Shasthika under ICCPR is abuse an abuse of the act.

Image: Shakthika Sathkumara Annya Wipulasena. When post-modernist, award winning novelist Shakthika Sathkumara walked into the Polgahawela Police Station on 1st April morning along with his lawyer and...

Internationally acclaimed film removed from Jaffna Film Festival – IFJ

Image: Scene form "Demons of Paradise". Screening of internationally acclaimed film by director Jude Ratnam ‘Demons in Paradise’ was canceled by the organizers of the...

‘Demons in Paradise’ removal from Jaffna film festival: Devapriya removes film “The Undecided” in protest

Malaka Devapriya, a young, budding film producer, has taken a decision to withdraw his film 'Bahuchithawadiya' from the International Cinema Festival in Jaffna as...

Jaffna Film Festival removes  ‘Demons Of Paradise’ for projecting LTTE in negative light.

Demons in Paradise, a film directed by Jude Ratnam, has been removed arbitrarily from the Jaffna international film festival. Writing a letter to Anoma Rajakaruna,...

Sri Lanka: Journalists barred from covering case of misappropriating state funds by a Minister

The case against former minister and MP, Johnston Fernando and two others would be taken up today at the Kurunegala High Court. They have...

Social media becoming a global disruptive force: Sri Lanka PM Wickemasinghe

2018-08-30. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today that the technology-driven new media including social media is a source of non-traditional threat and becoming a global...

Political meddling in artists’ works causes issues – Free Media Movement

(2018-August-27/ Media Release) FMM wishes to point out that the State’s intervention as regards the recent criticism leveled against many cultural plays and dramas has been...

Rethink ban on ONUR radio dramas: Mangala Samaraweera

(2018-08-24 ) Media and Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday urged the Cultural Affairs Minister to reconsider the ban imposed on radio dramas produced by the...
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