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Index Freedom of Expression Awards: Journalism nominee Callum Macrae/Channel 4 News

Index Freedom of Expression Awards: Journalism nominee Callum Macrae/Channel 4 News

Callum Macrae, in collaboration with Channel 4 News, has made three films uncovering the truth about Sri Lanka’s human rights abuses in the final months of its decades-long civil war in 2009.

Five artists attacked for their work in 2013

Five artists attacked for their work in 2013

It is not uncommon across the world for performers to be attacked as a form of censorship, ultimately silencing what they are trying to say

Why David Cameron must stand up to Sri Lanka on human rights

Why David Cameron must stand up to Sri Lanka on human rights

As the Commonwealth leaders converge on Colombo, the UK must confront Rajapaksa on human rights abuses

Bollywood blockbuster Madras Cafe withdrawn in UK

Bollywood blockbuster Madras Cafe withdrawn in UK

Britain should learn the lessons of Satanic Verses and Bezhti and stand up for free expression, says Salil Tripathi

Sri Lanka flirts with press regulation

Sri Lanka flirts with press regulation

Is Sri Lanka's President Rajapaksa, identified as an "enemy of the press", taking lessons from Leveson, asks Padraig Reidy

Sri Lanka: Defence minister tells editor “they will kill you”

Sri Lankan defence minister Gotabaya Rajapaksa reportedly verbally abused Sunday Leader editor Frederica Jansz during a telephone interview last week. Jansz had asked the minister if he was aware that an aircraft scheduled to fly to Zurich was to be changed to accommodate a personal friend. During the conversation Rajapaksa told Jansz people

Sri Lanka: Government calls journalists “traitors”

Sri Lankan journalists have been dubbed “traitors” by state television, following the adoption of a UN Human Rights Council resolution calling for an investigation into the country’s alleged abuses of international humanitarian law during its war with Tamil separatists. After the passing of the motion on Wednesday, state television said

Sri Lanka: President threatens newspaper chairman by phone

On Tuesday it was reported that Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa threatened the chairman of The Sunday Leader, Lal Wickrematunge, by phone on 19 July. In response to an article that claimed China had given the president and his son millions of dollars to be used “at their discretion”, Rajapaksa reportedly told Wickrematunge, “you

Sri Lanka: opposition newspaper editor badly beaten

Gnanasundaram Kuhanathan, editor of the Tamil-language daily Uthayan, was on Friday evening beaten by unidentified men with iron bars in the northern Sri Lankan city of Jaffna. Having been rushed to hospital with critical head injuries, he remains unconscious. Reporters sans Frontieres (RSF) says that while physical attacks against journalists have largely

Sri Lanka: Press freedom bill rejected

A bid for greater media freedom put forward by opposition parties in Sri Lanka has been rejected by the ruling party led by President Mahinda Rajapakse. The United People’s Freedom Alliance, which enjoys a two-thirds majority, voted against the proposed Freedom of Information Bill. The bill was presented after opposition members

Sri Lanka: Journalist arrested for defaming court

Police on Monday (25 April) arrested a journalist working for the independent website, Lanka eNews. Shantha Wijeysooria was arrested at the website’s offices in Colombo for alleged contempt of court. The charges relate to an April 19 article which allegedly defamed the court’s honour by suggesting that it was holding

Sri Lanka: Police porn-star hunt meets media resistance

Sri Lankan newspapers have refused to participate in a police campaign to track down people who have starred in pornographic films. The crackdown is part of a broader crusade against “moral crimes”, including “indecent” advertising on film billboards. The police want newspapers to run mugshots of over 80 people but

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