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Statements   |   Sri Lanka

CPJ welcomes arrests in 2010 disappearance of Sri Lankan journalist Prageeth Eknelygoda

New York, August 24, 2015--At least four Sri Lankan army officers were arrested on Monday and accused of involvement in the January 2010 disappearance of Prageeth Eknelygoda, a political cartoonist and columnist, according to news reports. Another army officer and two civilians were arrested earlier this month, reports said. The arrests come following a pledge by President Maithripala Sirisena to reopen the investigation into Eknelygoda's case.

Press Releases

Cartoonists are vulnerable worldwide, CPJ report finds

CPJ releases global assessment of threats faced by cartoonists

New York, May 19, 2015--The attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 shed light on the grave dangers confronting those who draw satirical and political cartoons. But threats against cartoonists are a global phenomenon and are as diverse as the content of the cartoons themselves, according to a report released today by the Committee to Protect Journalists. In one case examined in the report, political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, known as "Zunar," faces more than 40 years in prison if found guilty of sedition during a trial that is due to begin in Malaysia on May 20.

May 19, 2015 11:49 AM ET

Rapports

Fixer les limites : les caricaturistes menacés

Le 7 janvier, deux hommes armés ont fait irruption dans les bureaux du magazine satirique Charlie Hebdo, tuant huit journalistes et mettant en évidence les risques auxquels sont confrontés les caricaturistes. Mais avec la capacité de leur travail de transcender les frontières et les langues, et de simplifier les situations politiques complexes, les menaces dont font l'objet les caricaturistes à travers le monde—qui sont emprisonnés, forcés à se cacher, menacés de poursuites ou assassinés—dépassent largement l'extrémisme islamique. Un rapport spécial de Shawn W. Crispin pour le Comité pour la protection des journalistes.

19 mai 2015 0h01 ET

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Relatórios

Traçando Limites : cartunistas sob ameaça

Em 7 de janeiro, dois homens armados invadiram a sede da revista satírica francesa Charlie Hebdo, matando oito jornalistas e colocando em evidência os riscos que correm os cartunistas. Mas como seu trabalho transcende fronteiras e idiomas, e para simplificar situações políticas complexas, as ameaças sofridas por cartunistas pelo mundo, encarcerados, obrigados a se esconderem, ameaçados com processos jurídicos ou mortos, ultrapassam em muito o extremismo islâmico. Um relatório especial do Comitê para a Proteção dos Jornalistas por Shawn W. Crispin

maio 19, 2015 12:01 AM ET

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Informes

Marcando la línea: Caricaturistas bajo amenaza

El 7 de enero, dos sujetos armados irrumpieron en la sede de la revista satírica francesa Charlie Hebdo, asesinando a ocho periodistas y poniendo así de relieve los riesgos que enfrentan los caricaturistas. Debido a que la labor de los caricaturistas tiene la capacidad de trascender fronteras e idiomas, así como de simplificar situaciones políticas complejas, las amenazas que enfrentan los caricaturistas de todo el mundo --el encarcelamiento, el exilio, los procesos legales o el asesinato-- superan con mucho el extremismo islámico. Un informe especial del Comité para la Protección de los Periodistas elaborado por Shawn W. Crispin

19 de Mayo 2015 12:01 AM ET

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Reports   |   Bangladesh, Denmark, Ecuador, France, India, Iran, Malaysia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Syria, USA, Venezuela

Drawing the line: Cartoonists under threat

On January 7, two gunmen burst into the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing eight journalists and bringing into focus the risks cartoonists face. But with the ability of their work to transcend borders and languages, and to simplify complex political situations, the threats faced by cartoonists around the world—who are being imprisoned, forced into hiding, threatened with legal action or killed—far exceed Islamic extremism. A Committee to Protect Journalists special report by Shawn W. Crispin

Blog   |   Sri Lanka

How Sri Lanka's new president can ease decade of repressive press measures

Newspapers announce the election victory of Maithripala Sirisena, who has pledged to improve conditions for the press in Sri Lanka. (AFP/Lakruwan Wanniarachchi)

The stunning defeat of Sri Lanka's incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa by challenger Maithripala Sirisena on Friday has given way to questions about what changes, if any, will come for press freedom in a country that had grown deeply repressive under the previous leadership.

Attacks on the Press   |   Sri Lanka

Attacks on the Press in 2013: Sri Lanka

Journalists and news outlets working outside government-approved news media remained under constant pressure and faced attacks even as Sri Lanka prepared to host the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo. In the weeks leading up to the meeting, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay slammed Sri Lanka's rights record during a visit to the country, saying the government had become increasingly repressive toward the press and critical voices. Earlier in the year, authorities introduced a draft media code in parliament that would impose harsh restrictions on journalists' ability to report freely. It was withdrawn after criticism. Local journalists said the code would further the self-censorship that was already pervasive. The government showed no political will to address its record of perfect impunity in nine murders of journalists during the past decade. Cartoonist and columnist Prageeth Eknelygoda remained unaccounted for after disappearing in 2010.

February 12, 2014 1:31 AM ET

Blog   |   Sri Lanka

UN rights chief should push Sri Lanka on press freedom

When the human rights watchdog for the United Nations visits Sri Lanka this weekend she should forcefully address the government's problematic record on press freedom.

Blog   |   Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka tries new ways to crush independent media

In Sri Lanka, where there has seldom been good news for the media in recent years, things have taken a further turn for the worse, as well as a turn for the bizarre. With President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government secure in its 2010 electoral mandate, its leaders have made fresh moves to tighten their control of the press. There is a plan afoot to re-criminalize defamation, and legislation has been proposed for a code of ethics that threatens to give the government a legal basis to quash journalism it deems "unethical." All this comes ahead of November's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo, which seems sure to go ahead despite calls for boycotts from several quarters because of the government's poor human rights record.

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