Sri Lanka / 2011

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Sri Lanka's savage smokescreen

November 15, 2011 6:49 PM ET

Sri Lanka's former attorney general Mohan Peiris, who is now the senior legal adviser to the cabinet and who many Sri Lankans say is aiming to become the next Supreme Court Chief Justice, has made conflicting statements about missing journalist Prageeth Eknelygoda. The discrepancies do more than point up the...

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Advice for colleagues on the digital front lines

November 9, 2011 2:57 PM ET

If you're running a website that's come under attack, or is likely to, here is some advice on how to protect yourself. First, a little background: On Monday we filed an alert about the Sri Lankan government's blocking of at least five websites there. The move silenced just about all...

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On 9/11 and post-conflict Sri Lanka

September 6, 2011 12:30 PM ET

For a few years now, I have used Sugi Ganeshananthan's articles as a frame of reference for CPJ advocacy in Sri Lanka. Ganeshananthan, a novelist and essayist who teaches at the University of Michigan, writes stories often grounded in current events. Her 2008 novel, Love Marriage, addresses the cultural and...

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Radio Netherlands reporters detail Sri Lanka harassment

July 20, 2011 3:01 PM ET

Two journalists for Radio Netherlands Worldwide have gone public with their story of Sri Lankan government harassment, which ultimately drove them out of the country last week. The episode had been reported on a few Tamil websites, but I had been unable to confirm the story independently. ...

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Journalists take stage: Q&A with 'Record' playwright

July 17, 2011 5:24 PM ET

The true stories of journalists from Mexico, Sri Lanka, Russia, the United States, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories will hit the stage July 20 at London's Arcola Theatre. "On the Record," which runs through August 13, examines the careers of six journalists, the risks they face, and their determination...

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Sri Lanka's Groundviews back online after takedown

June 20, 2011 5:39 PM ET

A note for the Sri Lanka watchers who visit CPJ.org regularly. Sanjana Hattotuwa, the founder of the citizen journalism website Groundviews messaged me this morning to say that the site is up and running again after suddenly going down within Sri Lanka over the weekend. Hattotuwa is the driving force...

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BBC coverage of Prageeth Eknelygoda's disappearance

June 9, 2011 4:59 PM ET

A short follow-up to yesterday's alert about Sandhya Eknelygoda--"Sri Lankan journalist missing for 500 days"--and her attempts to get assistance from anyone in the Sri Lankan government or at the United Nations to help her learn more about the disappearance of her husband, Prageeth. The BBC's Colombo correspondent Charles...

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Sri Lanka: Ode to a detainee

May 23, 2011 12:48 PM ET

On May 18, we posted about the stirring letter Sandhya Eknelygoda, wife of detained journalist Prageeth Eknelygoda sent to Sri Lanka's First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa. Check out the link: In Sri Lanka, a mother's plea to the first lady....

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Video: 'Living in silence: Journalists in exile'

May 19, 2011 2:49 PM ET

We write a lot at CPJ about the terrible things that happen to journalists because of their reporting, but we don't often get a chance to show you what happens to them after they are forced to flee their homes and land abroad. This video, about three such journalists, is...

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In Sri Lanka, a mother's plea to the first lady

May 17, 2011 4:52 PM ET

As Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa launches a domestic media campaign against U.N. allegations of war crimes since the May 2009 ceasefire, the plight of Sandhya Eknelygoda continues....

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U.N. vows transparency on Sri Lanka abuses

April 13, 2011 1:49 PM ET

The three-person panel of experts on Sri Lanka appointed in 2010 to look into possible war crimes during the decades-long conflict with Tamil secessionists submitted its findings to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday. That report should include the attacks on the news media that have become a...

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UN heard Eknelygoda's cry for help; husband still missing

March 21, 2011 4:24 PM ET

Sandhya Eknelygoda has recently managed to get the attention of the United Nations about the case of the disappearance of her husband, Prageeth, on January 24, 2010. Still, there has been no progress made in learning of his whereabouts. ...

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U.N. to investigate Prageeth Eknelygoda's disappearance

March 9, 2011 5:30 PM ET

Tuesday's letter from CPJ and four other groups to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apparently had some impact. The Canadian Press reported today that Ban has asked the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNESCO, which oversees press freedom, to look into the case of Prageeth Eknelygoda, a Sri...

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Why hasn't the U.N. reached out to Sandhya Eknelygoda?

February 24, 2011 12:21 PM ET

On February 18, we noted that the United Nations in New York finally said it received a letter from Sandhya Eknelygoda, the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Eknelygoda. Sandhya had given the letter to the U.N. representative in Colombo, Neil Buhne, on January 24, the first anniversary of her husband's...

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Request for help for Prageeth: Lost in the mail?

February 18, 2011 1:50 PM ET

Finally, there has been some movement in the case of Prageeth Eknelygoda, at left, the Sri Lankan journalist who disappeared on January 24, 2010. The United Nations says it has received a letter from Eknelygoda's wife, Sandhya, that she had handed over to the U.N. representative in Colombo, Neil...

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At Attacks launch: What if governments are perpetrators?

February 15, 2011 4:50 PM ET

When we launched the new edition of Attacks on the Press at the United Nations today, I was hit with questions about Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Both dealt with what amounts to the same problem: What do you do when you're asking a government to investigate a crime in...

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Lasantha--journalist, activist, citizen--deserves justice

January 19, 2011 3:56 PM ET

On January 13, President Mahinda Rajapaksa told Sri Lankan media his government had no evidence to continue an investigation into the murder of Sri Lankan editor Lasantha Wickramatunga. Rajapaksa made this comment in response to a question raised by Lasantha's brother Lal in the presence of about 60 media...

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In Sri Lanka, press marks a bitter anniversary

January 19, 2011 2:52 PM ET

In recent years, January has emerged as Sri Lanka's cruelest month for journalists. To commemorate that ugly fact, 100 journalists and press freedom activists gathered Tuesday outside the Fort Railway Station in the capital, Colombo, demanding that the government expedite investigations into a series of attacks and January killings...

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An appeal to help the family of a disappeared journalist

January 19, 2011 1:35 PM ET

Sri Lankan cartoonist and political reporter Prageeth Eknelygoda disappeared almost one year ago today. He was last seen leaving the Colombo offices of the political Website Lanka eNews, where he worked, late on the evening of Sunday, January 24, 2010. No one has heard from Eknelygoda since....

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