Sri Lanka / 2008

In Sri Lanka, CPJ saddened by death of journalist

October 6, 2008 4:52 PM ET

We issued this statement today after learning of the death of Rashmi Mohamed, a provincial correspondent for Sirasa TV. He was one of 27 people who died when a suspected rebel suicide bomber blew himself up today inside a crowded opposition party office in Anuradhapura in northern Sri Lanka. "We...

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Sri Lankan journalist critically injured in gun attack

September 11, 2008 8:31 PM ET

New York, September 11, 2008— The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the shooting of Sri Lankan journalist Radhika Devakumar on Monday evening. A gunman or gunmen fired on Devakumar, an ethnic Tamil, at her home in Batticaloa, eastern Sri Lanka, according to local news reports. She was in...

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CPJ alarmed by gun attack on Sri Lankan journalist

September 10, 2008 3:33 PM ET

We issued this statement today after learning that Radhika Devakumar, a provincial correspondent of the Thinakaran newspaper, a Tamil daily, survived an attack in her home during which she received three gunshot wounds."This attack has the earmarks of an assassination attempt. The government must immediately act to bring the...

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Sri Lanka arrests six in connection with news Web site

September 8, 2008 7:37 PM ET

New York, March 11, 2008—Six people affiliated with the Sri Lankan news Web site OutreachSL have been detained by the Terrorist Investigation Division of the Sri Lankan police force in Colombo since last week, according to Agence France-Presse and local news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists urges the government...

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Sri Lankan journalist indicted on terrorist charges

August 25, 2008 9:37 PM ET

New York, August 25, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Colombo high court’s indictment of journalist J.S. Tissainayagam today on terrorism charges for articles he published in 2006. Sri Lanka’s Terrorist Investigation Division arrested Tissainayagam, the editor of news Web site OutreachSL, and five of his colleagues within...

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Another journalist attacked, hospitalized

July 2, 2008 12:00 PM ET

SRI LANKA: New York, July 2, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists is greatly concerned by the attack Monday evening on Namal Perera, freelance journalist and deputy head of the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI), a media rights advocacy group. Perera was attacked by men with iron bars in Colombo while...

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Press freedom in Sri Lanka continues to deteriorate

June 13, 2008 12:00 PM ET

Dear President Rajapaksa, The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by your government's policies toward journalists who write critically about the conflict between Sri Lanka's military forces and Tamil secessionists. We have seen an increase in harassment, intimidation, and detention of reporters, many of whom are columnists in senior positions with well-established careers. Police have failed to investigate threats to journalists who cover elections or expose alleged corruption or misdeeds. They have also never investigated the death of a television journalist.

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TV reporter slain in northern Sri Lanka

May 29, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, May 29, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the brutal murder of a television journalist in the conflict-ridden Jaffna peninsula in northern Sri Lanka on Wednesday.  Paranirupasingham Devakumar, Jaffna correspondent for the Maharaja Television news channel News 1st, was stabbed to death by a group of unidentified people...

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Sri Lankan columnist badly beaten during abduction

May 23, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, May 23, 2008—Prominent Sri Lankan columnist Keith Noyahr, who went missing late Thursday, returned home this morning after being severely beaten, according to the editor of his newspaper and news reports. Lalith Alahakoon, chief editor of English-language weekly The Nation, told CPJ by telephone this morning that Noyahr,...

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Sri Lankan media faces increasing harassment

March 21, 2008 12:00 PM ET

Dear President Rajapaksa, The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by ongoing intimidation of Sri Lanka's media. Recent events in the state-run Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation in Colombo and the treatment of Tamil journalists under investigation by the Terrorist Investigation Division both reveal how press workers face increasing threat of restriction under your government.

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Sri Lanka arrests six in connection with news Web site

March 11, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 11, 2008—Six people affiliated with the Sri Lankan news Web site OutreachSL have been detained by the Terrorist Investigation Division of the Sri Lankan police force in Colombo since last week, according to Agence France-Presse and local news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists urges the government...

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Asia Analysis

February 5, 2008 12:08 PM ET

Amid South Asian Conflict, Remarkable ResilienceBy Bob DietzTraffic is sparse during a late-night run to the Bandaranaike International Airport north of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. Because of insecurity caused by war between the Sinhalese-dominated government and Tamil separatists in the country's north and east, the streets are given over...

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Sri Lanka

February 5, 2008 10:29 AM ET

SRI LANKA In May, senior journalist Iqbal Athas wrote to CPJ warning that press freedom conditions had deteriorated under President Mahinda Rajapaksa. By September, Athas, a well-known defense correspondent for The Sunday Times of Sri Lanka and a 1994 CPJ International Press Freedom Award winner, had to leave the country...

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Sri Lanka arrests six in connection with news Web site

January 28, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 11, 2008—Six people affiliated with the Sri Lankan news Web site OutreachSL have been detained by the Terrorist Investigation Division of the Sri Lankan police force in Colombo since last week, according to Agence France-Presse and local news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists urges the government...

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News producer knifed

January 25, 2008 12:00 PM ET

January 25, 2008 Posted February 7, 2008 Lal Hemantha Mawalage, Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation ATTACKED The news producer of a national television network, who was recently involved in a staff protest against Labor Minister Mervyn Silva, was targeted in a knife attack in a suburb of Colombo on January 25,...

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CPJ fears for Sri Lankan journalists as cease-fire ends

January 9, 2008 12:00 PM ET

Dear President Rajapaksa, As your government prepares to withdraw from its 2002 cease-fire agreement with Tamil separatists, the Committee to Protect Journalists is greatly concerned by reports that members of your government have tried to intimidate journalists in the Sri Lankan media in recent weeks. In at least two instances, an official used the word "traitor" against a journalist, which is decidedly inflammatory in a country that has seen civil war rage since 1983.

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Tamil-language daily threatened

January 6, 2008 12:00 PM ET

JANUARY 6, 2008 Posted January 14, 2008 Uthayan, Tamil-language daily THREATENED According to a letter to CPJ from Uthayan’s Managing Director E. Saravanapavan, the paper’s news desk received an anonymous phone call around 10:45 a.m. in which the caller told the paper to cease production or face unspecified consequences. Saravanapavan...

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