CPJ welcomes lifting of censorship, urges press access to conflict areas
June 6, 2001 12:00 PM ET
New York, June 6, 2001 --- In a letter sent today to Sri Lankan president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, CPJ welcomed her government's recent decision to lift censorship restrictions on the Sri Lankan media. The letter also urged the president to lift access restrictions that still impede reporting on the country's long-running civil war.
In addition to the various forms of censorship that were imposed over the last three years, press coverage of the conflict between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the military has been extremely limited, due to the government's failure to grant journalists regular access to the conflict areas. Journalists are required to apply for official permission to visit conflict areas, but such permission is almost never granted.
Sri Lankan politicians try to intimidate journalists over New York Times report
July 3, 2018 2:20 PM ET
Washington, D.C., July 3, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on opposition politicians in Sri Lanka to stop trying to intimidate local journalists by publicly leveling accusations against them. At a press conference yesterday evening, associates of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa accused two journalists for The New York...
Sri Lankan military intelligence officers suspected in journalist's murder
February 23, 2017 4:04 PM ET
New York, February 23, 2017--Sri Lankan authorities should fully investigate the 2009 murder of an editor and bring his killers to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Five military intelligence officers were arrested this week in connection with the murder of Lasantha Wickramatunga, the editor-in-chief of the...