Sri Lanka / 2011

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Sri Lankan government to impose guidelines on media

November 10, 2011 1:37 PM ET

New York, November 10, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the Sri Lankan government's announcement of an upcoming set of guidelines and code of conduct for journalists and media organizations, and believes these regulations will only increase the government's control of the media.The announcement, which appeared Thursday...

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Sri Lankan government blocks websites

November 7, 2011 11:22 AM ET

New York, November 7, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by reports that access to at least five Sri Lankan websites has been blocked by the country's government....

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In Sri Lanka, anti-government website blocked

October 19, 2011 2:21 PM ET

New York, October 19, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that access to anti-government news website Lanka eNews has been blocked inside Sri Lanka, according to the site's exiled editor and users inside the country. All three language versions of the site, English, Sinhala, and Tamil, have...

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Sri Lanka must investigate reported attack on journalist

July 29, 2011 4:44 PM ET

New York, July 29, 2011-- Authorities in Sri Lanka should immediately investigate a reported brutal assault on Gnanasundaram Kuhanathan, news editor of the Tamil-language daily Uthayan, said the Committee to Protect Journalists....

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Tamil journalist bound, shot, during Sri Lankan civil war

June 20, 2011 5:06 PM ET

New York, June 20, 2011--Video footage of a Tamil journalist apparently executed in the final stages of Sri Lanka's bloody civil war underscores the need for an urgent international inquiry, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Sri Lankan journalist missing for 500 days

June 8, 2011 5:36 PM ET

New York, June 8, 2011--It has been exactly 500 days since Sri Lankan journalist Prageeth Eknelygoda disappeared. He has not been seen by his wife Sandhya Eknelygoda or by the couple's two teenage sons, Sanjay and Harith, since he left for work around 7:30 a.m., on the morning of January...

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Sri Lankan authorities ban Lanka eNews

April 28, 2011 4:40 PM ET

New York, April 28, 2011--Sri Lankan authorities should immediately rescind the temporary suspension of pro-opposition news website Lanka eNews, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The ban is the latest in a series of attacks against the website....

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Another Lanka eNews journalist arrested

April 25, 2011 2:06 PM ET

New York, April 25, 2011--Police arrested a journalist with the independent Sri Lankan news website Lanka eNews today, according to local news reports. CPJ has called on the United Nations and the international diplomatic community this year to respond to a series of uninvestigated attacks targeting the outspoken site. ...

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Diplomatic corps must act to free ailing Sri Lankan journalist

March 31, 2011 4:56 PM ET

New York, March 31, 2001--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the international diplomatic community in Colombo to help secure the release of Lanka eNews website News Editor Bennet Rupasinghe. According to colleagues in Colombo and international news reports, Rupasinghe was arrested by police after responding to a summons. He...

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Media rights groups to U.N.: Intervene in Sri Lanka case

March 8, 2011 10:07 AM ET

New York, March 8, 2011--Five prominent media rights organizations sent a letter on Monday to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, calling on the U.N. to intervene in the case of Prageeth Eknelygoda, the Sri Lankan columnist and cartoonist for the Lanka eNews website, who disappeared on January 24, 2010. Since...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Asia Analysis

February 15, 2011 12:53 AM ET

Partisan Journalism and the Cycle of Repression by Bob Dietz and Shawn W. Crispin Lal Wickramatunga's family and publishing house, Leader Publications, have paid dearly in Sri Lanka's highly charged political climate. While Leader's newspapers, including the weekly Sunday Leader, are widely known for tough, independent reporting, they have...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Sri Lanka

February 15, 2011 12:14 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • Anti-government cartoonist missing; police make no evident effort to find him. • Government readies plan for a strict media regulatory agency. Key Statistic 19: Journalists in exile, having fled violence, imprisonment, and intimidation. In his Independence Day speech on February 4, Sri Lankan...

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United Nations must intervene to protect Sri Lanka's media

January 31, 2011 5:06 PM ET

New York, January 31, 2011--Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon must press the United Nations to address the string of uninvestigated and unprosecuted attacks on journalists and media houses under the government of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ responded after an early Monday morning...

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