In Sri Lanka, the government silences a Tamil Web site
June 20, 2007 12:00 PM ET
New York, June 20, 2007—The Sri Lankan government should restore domestic access to the TamilNet Web site, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Free Media Movement, a Colombo-based press freedom group, and news outlets reported Tuesday that Internet service providers had blocked access to the site on government orders.
TamilNet, which openly supports Tamil rebels fighting a secessionist war, is widely read by Tamils in Sri Lanka and around the world. Despite its partisan nature, it is also used by diplomats and non-governmental organizations to learn of conditions in Tamil-controlled areas that are not open to other journalists.
“We call on the government to rescind its decision. All journalists in Sri Lanka must be allowed to carry out their work,” said Joel Simon, CPJ’s executive director.
Clashes, air strikes, and assassinations have killed 5,000 people over the past 19 months in Sri Lanka, according to The Associated Press. More than 70,000 people have died since the secessionist conflict began in 1983.
Sri Lankan army reinstates official suspected in Lasantha murder, other attacks
May 15, 2019 11:50 AM ET
New York, May 15, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed alarm that a Sri Lankan military intelligence official--who, according to news reports and court documents, is linked to attacks on at least three journalists--was restored to active duty....
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...