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Sri Lankan army restricts access to newspaper offices

On May 18, 2014, dozens of Sri Lankan army officers in the city of Jaffna surrounded the offices of Uthayan, a critical Tamil-language newspaper, blocked roads near the newspaper, and denied employees access to the premises, news reports said. The officers also conducted security checks on people headed to the newspaper's office, according to reports.

May 19, 2014 4:19 PM ET

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Sri Lanka: Jaffna editors navigate minefield

By Robert Mahoney

 

A bullet hole, right, is a reminder that M.V. Kaanamylnathan and his newspaper have faced grave threats. (CPJ/Robert Mahoney) JAFFNA, Sri Lanka
M.V. Kaanamylnathan hasn’t left his office for four years. Sri Lanka’s civil war is over but the editor-in-chief of the Tamil daily Uthayan still thinks it’s unsafe to venture out. He’s become famous among the island’s media community for his self-imposed house arrest. The colonial-era compound housing the editorial offices and printing press are guarded, but not especially tightly, reflecting an easing of tension since the defeat of Tamil secessionists in May 2009. 

May 19, 2010 12:00 AM ET

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