December 5, 2019 Comments Off

It’s been just under three weeks since Gotabaya Rajapaksa became President of Sri Lanka, and already there are some worrying signs of the chilling effect his victory is having on press freedom and

October 9, 2019 Comments Off

Two civil society activists who lodged a court case challenging the validity of presidential frontrunner Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Sri Lankan citizenship have reported being subjected to a campaign of intimidation, including receiving torture and

May 30, 2010 Comments Off

The bombing has surely stopped. But for Tamils in the North and independent journalists and human rights defenders in the South the attacks continue. MCM Iqbal, the widely respected former secretary to two

May 27, 2010 Comments Off

It’s now a tourist hotspot, but Sri Lanka is still a very dangerous place for reporters. by Lucy Popescu May 19th marked the first anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s long civil

May 18, 2010 Comments Off

Sri Lanka is now rated the 4th most dangerous place in the world for journalists. More than fifteen journalists are believed to have been killed there since 2006. These include Lasantha Wickrematunge, the

May 6, 2010 Comments Off

By Heike Winnig What’s happened to journalists and others who speak out against the dictatorial government of Sri Lanka? Who’s on the “hit list” the government’s state intelligence units have drawn up? One

May 4, 2010 Comments Off

Sri Lanka’s civil war might be over, but the European Union recently dropped the island’s preferential trade status because of human-rights violations. Guest columnist Peter Mountford says Sri Lankan media are not free

May 2, 2010 Comments Off

In 2009, 99 journalists were killed, 136 were jailed and 537 were arrested in the course of doing their jobs. Despite rights enshrined in national and international conventions, journalists still find themselves frequently

April 28, 2010 Comments Off

By Reporters Without Borders / Reporters Sans Frontières “In what country do you appoint an arsonist to put out fires?” Reporters Without Borders asked today after learning that Mervyn Silva, a politician notorious for

February 10, 2010 Comments Off

BASIL FERNANDO Column: Burning Points, UPI Asia Online - HONG KONG, China, February 5, 2010 The disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda, a political analyst, journalist and visual designer attached to Lanka E News; the