Category : Sri Lanka

Leading Nepal editor speaks out about independent media facing censorship in South Asia

After 29 years of circulation, Himal Southasian, which claims to be the only analytical and regional news magazine for South Asia, will cease to publish as of November 2016.

Sri Lanka: Colombo Telegraph facing censorship despite presidential promise

The Colombo Telegraph, Sri Lanka’s most iconoclastic investigative news website, is gearing up for this year’s second national election. And once again they face the threat of censorship -- despite a presidential promise to bring it to an end

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

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

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

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

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

Bollywood blockbuster Madras Cafe withdrawn in UK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

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 “will kill you — you dirty […]

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 journalists in support of it […]

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 can attack me politically, but […]

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 fallen since 2010, threats and […]