Category : Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan editor fled after attempt on life

alt informationWhen former editor Upali Tennakoon speculates about what led to the attempt on his life in 2009, two incidents jump to mind.

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

alt informationAfter 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

alt informationThe 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?

alt informationThe 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

alt informationCallum 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

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

Bollywood blockbuster Madras Cafe withdrawn in UK

alt informationBritain 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 […]

New film tells story of Sri Lankan journalists forced into exile

“I believe a journalist can change the world,” says exiled Sri Lankan journalist Sonali Samarasinghe, “if not why are we here then”. Sonali is one of three exiled journalists, from the minority Tamil and majority Sinhalese communities, whose stories are told in a new Norwegian film, Silenced Voices, by Beate Arnestad previewed last night at […]