Category : Rohan Jayasekera

Sri Lanka’s media needs reform — can new President Sirisena deliver?

alt informationThe country needs a constitutionally recognised national commission to oversee media reform and ensure freedom of expression is properly defended, writes Rohan Jayasekera

Leaked document reveals how EU cut commitment to greater official openness

You can find support for the public’s right to access official information in the strangest places. Like a private EU policy paper draft. As leaked to and published by the whistle-blowers’ website Wikileaks. Rohan Jayasekara writes

Tunisia’s press faces repressive laws, uncertain future

The press in Tunisia is caught between the restrictive legal framework of the Ben Ali regime and the uncertainties of the post-revolutionary transition, Rohan Jayasekera, Ghias Aljundi and Yousef Ahmed report.

The future of internet governance? I wouldn’t start from here

After two weeks of negotiations, the threat of extended government influence over the internet remains. Rohan Jayasekera looks back on WCIT Plus: Dominique Lazanski on how the UK stood up for online freedoms at WCIT

Tunisian elections: media reform key to democracy

Tunisians flocked to voting stations yesterday in the country's first-ever free elections, but only the cultivation of an independent media will safeguard democracy and free expression, writes Rohan Jayasekera

Making a courtroom drama out of a media crisis

News International’s Hackgate scandal does not justify state press regulation, argues Rohan Jayasekera PLUS: John Kampfner: Britain’s media must start policing itself

Open politics will stretch Tunisian Islamists

Rohan Jayasekera asks if the return of Tunisia's Islamists help or hinder the national democratic project Read more on Tunisia

Tunisians will not be easily unplugged again

Discreet coup or "Jasmine Revolution", the departure of Tunisia's despot Zine el Abidene Ben Ali will not end his networked citizens' calls for reform. Rohan Jayasekera reports

Tunisia: The Middle East’s first cyberwar

Conventional wisdom suggests that the web’s power to drive social revolution is over-rated, but the Tunisian government still isn’t taking any chances. Its agents are hacking its opponents’ networks and sabotaging them, even as foreign hackers retaliate against the state. Rohan Jayasekera reports

Fresh eyes needed on WikiLeaks’ treasure trove of secrets

With maybe hundreds of human rights activists named in the WikiLeaks files, and frontman Julian Assange threatening to throw them open to the world, it's time for fair assessment of the potential threat to free expression advocates argues Rohan Jayasekera

Foreign Office report on human rights skims over UK record

Focus, partnership and joined-up advocacy in defence of human rights - the UK Foreign Office's lost vocation, as revealed by the diplomats’ own annual report. Rohan Jayasekera comments

Sri Lankan press crackdown 2.0

Opposition voices targeted to silence them before parliamentary elections says Index's Rohan Jayasekera