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Sri Lanka Government must explain the shutdown of TNL transmission centre – FMM

The transmission centre at Polgahawela, belonging to TNL TV channel was sealed down by the TRCSL which comes under the President of Sri Lanka....

Sri Lanka: SC turned down, govt’s attempts to continue Rajapaksa era TV ban

A three-member Bench, presided by Chief Justice Priyasath Dep turned down a Leave to Proceed application, submitted to the Supreme Court by the Telecommunication...

Social Media: The new front in Media Freedom in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka Government’s efforts in restricting access to Social media is an effort of controlling optional journalism. 

(Press release 14th March 2018) We, the National Movement of Web Journalist of Sri Lanka, with severe contempt disagree with the decision of the...

Lankadeepa correspondent lodges complaint that police obstructed her from carrying out her duty

A correspondent for the Lankadeepa newspaper has lodged a complaint at the Moratuwa Police that she was allegedly obstructed from carrying out her duties...

 Lanka-e-News shut down by Sri Lanka should be reversed – Free Media Movement

Media Statement/ 09 November 2017. Free Media Movement observes that an informal censorship is prevalent within the country, by obstructing the technical access to Lanka E...

FMM condemns Minister Digabanran’s media ban

Free Media Movement vehemently condemns the behavior of the Minister Digambaram while Mr. Indika Roshan Kauarachchi from Sirasa Media was reporting a government event,...

Sri Lanka Minister’s staff bans News First

News First, a Sri Lankan TV network has complained to the Hatton police that Minister Palani Digambaram's press officer, Aruna Ratnayake, removed its microphone at...

Sri Lanka bans posters and banners without permission

Sri Lanka government has banned putting up posters and banners without prior permission in its capital city, Colombo. The ban is expected to extend...

Sri Lanka: Teacher transferred on charges of writing poems on FaceBook

Image: Kushan Shalika Herath at school (Sunday Times photo) (AHRC) The Asian Human Rights Commission has received information regarding Mr. Kushan Shalika Herath (30) a teacher...

Sri Lanka: Independent Council for News Media Standards Act – Full text (1st discussion draft)

The Information Department of Sri Lanka has obtained a draft  act in order to establish an independent Media Council as explained in its call...

Updated: Sri Lanka IGP suspends police news to private media; Police refutes the report

The Police Chief has suspended the police news sent daily to private media institutions through emails with effect from Wednesday, a senior officer at...

Media Freedom in Sri Lanka: PM should ask Gota how he messed up and try not to repeat

Image: For Gotabhaya Rajapaksa feisty journalists and lowly civil society activists were formless, hapless disgusting creatures who needed to be put in their place. Two...

Sri Lanka’s Navy chief in hot water after assaulting journalist

Image: Sri Lanka's navy chief Ravindra Wijegunaratne threatening media. Sri Lanka's navy chief Ravindra Wijegunaratne is in deep trouble after he was caught on camera...

New rating agency to be set up by Sri Lanka Media Ministry

Image courtesy of voiceofjournalists.com. Media Minister Gayantha Karunatileka yesterday informed Parliament on moves to establish a new rating agency for advertising and programs aired on...

Sri Lanka: The engineer who sat on Speaker’s chair threatens journos

Image: Sri Lankan activist participating in a media campaign in Colombo REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds. The engineer, who reportedly sat on the Speaker's chair, is alleged...

Sri Lanka Govt Restarts Censoring Internet: A Tamil Web Site Blocked

The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC)  has blocked a Tamil website following complaints from the Media Ministry and the Justice Ministry, TRC Director General Sunil...

Sri Lanka: Media Reports Should Not Harm President or Prime Minister – Secretary,Ministry of Media

Issuing a press release in relation to recent political developments in the country secretary to the Ministry of Media says that media should  report...

Sri Lanka Establishes One More Institution To Manage Information

Former Media Minister Imthiaz Bakeer Markar was appointed as the Chairman of the newly established National Media Centre (NMC), which comes under PM's office....

A Cultural Police For Sri Lanka?

( Media secretary's tweet) A twitter message by the media secretary against the telecast of award-winning foreign programmes with a ‘more suitable for adults’ tagline...

Sri Lanka: Youth Arrested For Recording Footage Of President’s Helicopter

Youth Arrested For Recording Footage Of President's Helicopter A 26 year old was arrested by Bambalapitiya Police for recording the helicopter of President Maithripala Sirisena...

Govt to Set Up A Media Monitoring Mechanism to “Prevent Abuse”

Deputy Mass Media and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Karunaratne Paranawithana shas said  that the government would set up a ‘Monitoring Mechanism’ for news broadcast and...

Sri Lanka: Media Warnings – Sanjana Hatttotuwa

A fresh warning to media critical of the government by the Prime Minister deserves our attention and comment. The latest warning isn’t the first...

Ranil Blasts Daily FT for Sabotaging Economy!

(Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe gestures during his address at the meeting in Kandy on Saturday ) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in a speech in Kandy...

SriLanka May Take Legal Action Against Media For False Reports

( President showing front page of Divaina daily which says 'war tribunal in 9 months') Press Trust of India. Sri Lanka fires academy bowling coach over...

Sri Lanka Govt Blocks Publication of IMF Program Report

( International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde) ECONOMYNEXT – The International Monetary Fund has said that publication of its economic report on Sri Lanka after...

Sri Lanka: Freedom Of The Wild Ass Vs. Freedom Of Ambitious Bureaucrats

Editorial, The Sunday Leader. More laws – less Justice: Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman philosopher, politician and a great orator of his time. We need to find...

Media Secretary’s Advisory Letter to Media: PM Requests a Show Case

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday asked the new Parliamentary Reforms and Media Ministry Secretary Nimal Bopage, to show cause as to why he had...

Media Ministry Looking Into Words With AG, IGP

Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Ministry secretary Nimal Bopage, who is in the centre of controversy over his statement to the media, said today...

Electronic Media to be Regulated; Freedom of the Wild Ass Canno’t be Permitted – Minister

The government said yesterday that a regulatory mechanism for the electronic media would be introduced soon. Deputy Media Minister Karunaratne Paranavithana addressing the weekly Cabinet...
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