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Sri Lanka: Fundermatal Rights case filed on behalf of poet Ahnaf Jazeem

Lawyers for poet Ahnaf Jazeem today (16.April 2021) filed the fundamental rights case in the registry of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka against...

Sri Lanka: President Rajapaksa threatens me with filthy language, says ruling party MP Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa

Government MP Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa says that he will complain to Sri Lanka’s IGP against threats made to him by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (16),...

Sri Lanka: Gazette banning 11 Islamic organisations issued under PTA; Regulation enables 20 years of imprisonment.

An extraordinary gazette notification has been issued banning 11 Muslim organisations in Sri Lanka, including the Islamic State (ISIS) and Al Qaeda. The text of...

Sri Lanka: Civil activist Asela Sampath arrested

Asela Sampath, the Convener of the Movement for the Protection of Public Rights has been arrested by the Police. He is  National organiser of the...

Sri Lankan Muslims Fear Speaking Out

A crackdown on dissenting voices — those denouncing Islamophobia and criticizing the government — has Sri Lanka’s Muslims afraid to speak out. By Tasnim Nazeer. Since Sri...

FMM calls for the release of journalist Malika Abeykoon & a formal inquiry on assaulting him

Image: Activist and journalist Malika Abeykoon. The Free Media Movement strongly condemns the arrest and assault of Malika Abeykoon, a freelance journalist and photographer, considering it...

Update: Jaffna Mayor arrested & handed over to TID for investigations for “providing uniforms similar to LTTE police”

The Mayor of Jaffna, Viswalingam Manivannan was arrested by Sri Lanka's Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) at around 2.30am on Friday morning. Manivannan, who is also...

FoE in Sri Lanka: Doctor sacked, journalist abducted, assaulted & remanded, protesting monk arrested

Image: Protest in front of Maradana police station calling for the release of journalist Malika Abeykoon ( LankaViews) On 2 April 2021 Sri Lanka  Health...

Rajapaksa regime step up crackdown on Tamil social media and journalists – JDS

Image: Journalists; protest in Batticaloa (JDS) Sri Lanka has increased its crackdown and intimidation of the Tamil media soon after the UN Human Rights Council...

Sri Lanka President executes his threat : Gov. advertising to Sirasa/MTV net work slashed.

Under a directive from the Presidential Secretariat, the government has decided to suspend all state advertisements on 'Sirasa' media network with immediate effect. President Rajapaksa...

JVP and the Cost of Lost Revolution – Indrawansa de Silva

Fifty years ago, thousands of us took to arms in what we thought was the Marxist-Leninist revolution to capture power of the state overnight....

Sri Lanka Election Commission’s move to remove ethnicity from political party names is illegal – Dr Jayampathy Wickramaratne

The Election Commission (EC) has decided not to register political parties whose names have a reference to ethnicity or religion as, accoding to it,...

Censorship by Colombo University: Criticising the university in Social Media banned

The University of Colombo (UoC) has issued guidelines for students to follow when using social media platforms, including forbidding students from criticising the university. These...

Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary: No one cares more about human rights than us

Sri Lanka’s civil war ended 12 years ago, but its sectarian tensions remain, while new divisions are exploited by politicians and worsened by the...

UN Resolution: Sri Lanka can’t act like N. Korea or Eritrea – Mangala Samaraweera

Image: Managala Samaraweera at UNHRC .2016. Sri Lanka has voluntarily become a signatory to all human rights conventions passed at the UN over the years...

Muslim Council of Sri Lanka expresses deep concern over the arrest of Azath Salley

In a letter to the Inspector General of Police, the Muslim Congress of Sri Lanka says that ZIt shocks the Muslim community that Azath...

Sri Lanka: Media bodies propose single monitoring authority

The Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI), its constituents and affiliated organisations met Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella on Monday to submit a proposal for a...

CPJ Safety Advisory: Journalist targets of Pegasus spyware

Image courtesy of  CPJ. Pegasus is a spyware created for mobile devices which transforms a cellphone into a mobile surveillance station. Researchers have documented it...

Sri Lanka: Journalist charged with ‘false claim’ of abduction – IFJ

Sri Lankan journalist Sujeewa Gamage, who was arrested by police for allegedly making 'false claims’ about his own abduction, was granted bail on March...

After the smoke clears, what will be left of media in Myanmar?

Image: Courtesy of Civil Disobedience Movement. Journalists in Myanmar face worsening conditions as military crackdowns and violence is compelling many to flee, writes Phil Thornton. Freelance...

President Rajapaksa’s statement is a serious warning to media! – Media Organizations collective

The statement made by President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa regarding the media, while participating in a “Discussion with the village” programme held on March 20 in...

SAFMA Sri Lanka, including leading Muslim journalists takes on India for Geneva resolution

Image: Lakshman Gunasekara In a strange tune of events, Sri Lanka chapter of  Pakistan based the South Asian Free Media Association which includes well-known Sri...

Sri Lanka: JVP responds to President’s speech, lodges CID complain against fake FB pages

The JVP has lodged a complaint to the CID to launch an investigation to ascertain who is behind the Facebook page named “JVP Parisaravediyo”...

Sri Lanka: Where journalists self-abduct and ecocide is green – Tisaranee Gunasekara

Image: journalists  Sujeewa Gamage who was abducted and tortured speaking at  a Press Conference. “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two is...

Sri Lanka: Director TID threatens detained poet Ahnaf Jazeem to make incrimination admissions, lawyers complain to HRCSL

A file photo. Sanjaya Wilson Jayasekera. In a communication to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) on behalf of poet Ahnaf Jazeem, lawyers complain...

National Peace Council calls on the government to reconsider all three proposed laws

Image courtesy of www.complybook.com. The country is facing difficult challenges due to internal and external pressures which is increasing the level of frustration within society. ...

Abduction and torture of the journalist Sujeewa Gamage: FMM urges govt to reveal the truth 

The Free Media Movement considers the abduction and torture of a freelance journalist named Sujeewa Gamage as a serious threat to the safety and...

The truth about the abduction and torture of the journalistSujeewa Ganage should be disclosed immediately! – FMM

The Free Media Movement considers the abduction and torture of a freelance journalist named Sujeewa Gamage as a serious threat to the safety and...

Lawyers appearing for detained poet Ahnaf Jazeem complain to BASL that TID officers listening and audio-recording their conversation

Lawyers for poet Ahnaf Jazeem have complained to the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) about TID officers listening and audio-recording the conversation between...

Sri Lanka: ‘Religious Disharmony’ Order Threatens Minorities – HRW

Image: A Sri Lankan Muslim woman wearing a burqa walks outside her apartment in Colombo, Sri Lanka, March 16, 2021.  © 2021 AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena/HRW. Withdraw...
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