Mahinda Rajapaksa

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Getting Away With Murder

October 8, 2015 12:01 PM ET

Iraq's move away from the top spot is based on a number of factors, few of them encouraging; only one conviction has been achieved in Iraq. The Impunity Index examines unsolved murders over the previous decade in which journalism...

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

August 24, 2015 12:25 PM ET

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...

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Journalist faces charges after publishing report critical of Sri Lankan police

April 9, 2015 3:01 PM ET

New York, April 9, 2015--A freelance journalist for a Tamil-language daily in Sri Lanka has been charged in connection with a story he wrote that criticized the police, according to news reports and the paper's editor, who spoke to the...

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Sri Lankan president should ensure improved climate for press freedom

January 30, 2015 2:14 PM ET

Dear President Sirisena: The Committee to Protect Journalists, an international press freedom organization, is writing to congratulate you on your recent victory in Sri Lanka's presidential election. As Sri Lanka readies itself for a new chapter in its history, we urge your government to take concrete and meaningful steps to improve the climate for press freedom.

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The Road to Justice

October 28, 2014 12:00 AM ET

3. Where Impunity Thrives A climate of impunity reached a tragic culmination on November 23, 2009, when gunmen ambushed a caravan escorting political candidate Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu as he prepared to file papers to become a candidate for provincial governor...

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In Sri Lanka crackdown, mobs and death threats turned on journalists

July 28, 2014 2:56 PM ET

There is genuine cause for alarm about the anonymous death threats going to Sunil Jayasekara's phone. They started streaming to Jayasekara, the convener of Sri Lanka's Free Media Movement, an umbrella group (hence calling the leader a convener) of...

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Sri Lanka moves to silence NGOs, press groups

July 9, 2014 11:01 AM ET

The Sri Lankan government has taken yet another step to silence critical media coverage, banning non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from holding press conferences and issuing press releases, as well as running workshops or training sessions. The action, announced Sunday by Sri...

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Sri Lanka must end media restrictions to facilitate reconciliation

June 30, 2014 12:24 PM ET

This month, in the wake of anti-Muslim sectarian riots in the southwest, the Sri Lankan government pressured local journalists to hide the truth by not covering the violence. Those brave enough to report it had their equipment destroyed and were...

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Getting Away With Murder

April 16, 2014 12:01 AM ET

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Indian journalist arrested in Sri Lanka

December 27, 2013 1:40 PM ET

New York, December 27, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called for the immediate release of an Indian journalist and filmmaker who was arrested in Sri Lanka on Wednesday while allegedly filming and photographing a military base....

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