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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....

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Social media still blocked in Sri Lanka following terror attack

April 29, 2019 6:35 PM ET

Several social media sites remained blocked in Sri Lanka today, according to NetBlocks, an independent, international civil society group that monitors internet censorship. Sri Lankan authorities blocked the sites, along with several messaging apps, throughout the country on April 21, following a terrorist attack that left more than 253...

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Civil case filed in US over murder of Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickramatunga

April 15, 2019 3:54 PM ET

Washington, D.C., April 15, 2019 -- Today, a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, in Los Angeles, unsealed a civil lawsuit against former Sri Lankan Defense Minister Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a dual U.S.-Sri Lankan citizen, seeking damages for his alleged involvement in the...

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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...

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Sri Lanka's telecom authority blocks social media sites, messaging apps

March 7, 2018 11:44 AM ET

New Delhi, March 7, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Sri Lankan authorities to restore access to social media and messaging applications. Citing Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senartne, Reuters reported that the government today asked service providers to block the networks amid anti-Muslim riots and violence. Sri Lanka...

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Lots of talk but little progress in Sri Lanka over journalist murders

January 9, 2018 3:16 PM ET

It was the police line-up from hell. Forget all those "Law and Order" scenes where a victim stands anonymously behind a one-way mirror. Sri Lankan journalist Namal Perera had to stand eyeball-to-eyeball with 42 army intelligence officers in April, each of whom, Perera explained to me while demonstrating his...

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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...

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Sri Lankan government blocks Tamil website

November 14, 2016 10:55 AM ET

Sri Lankan regulators blocked access to a Tamil-language news website on October 26, 2016, over allegations that the website carried false information and incited ethnic hatred, according to news reports and the website's editor, who is based overseas and who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal. The...

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CPJ welcomes new probe into murder of Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickramatunga

September 27, 2016 3:24 PM ET

New York, September 27, 2016--Sri Lankan police today exhumed the body of slain journalist Lasantha Wickramatunga as part of a new investigation into his death in 2009, according to news reports. A Sri Lankan judge this month granted permission for the police to exhume the editor's body due to contradictory...

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Sri Lankan journalist Freddy Gamage back in hospital, still under threat

June 14, 2016 12:58 PM ET

Back on June 3, we called for "a thorough investigation into an attack" on Freddy Gamage, a muckraking editor and blogger for Meepura.com (and in Sinhala). At the time, the government promised on its official website that it "would never again allow media suppression, which prevailed during the past, to...

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