» 01/24/2007, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Protest against press censorship
Eight journalists are killed in 2006; many more, Tamil and Sinhalese alike, are threatened or attacked. Many choose exile.
25/02/2010 SRI LANKA
Solidarity for missing journalist who opposed president
Prageeth Ekanligoda backed opposition candidate Sarath Fonseka. A month after his disappearance, nothing is known about his fate. So far, the authorities have tried to avoid dealing with his wife’s requests for information and action.
13/01/2012 SRI LANKA
Government criticised on anniversary of journalist’s murder
A rally is held to remember Lasantha Wickrematunga, assassinated on 8 January 2009. After three years, the police has not yet arrested the culprits. Human rights activists, civil society representatives and opposition politicians blame President Rajapaksa for the journalist’s death.
18/07/2009 SRI LANKA
Global media demand free access to refugee camps
An open letter to the President of Sri Lanka in defence of press freedom in the country. Requests also for the safety of journalists in the regions of the north, the creation of an office for the investigation of crimes against the media and the release of three reporters in jail since March 2008.
20/01/2011 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka journalists seek justice in protest against government
Two years since the murder of Lasantha Wickramatunga, yet no one has been arrested. Journalists, opposition politicians and representatives of civil society point the finger at the government: "The State protects the guilty."
11/06/2009 SRI LANKA
Silent march through the streets of Colombo in defence of freedom of expression
The Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association leads march against the prevailing climate of intimidation; it accuses paramilitary groups of being responsible for violence against journalists. On 1 June journalist Poddala Jayantha, who works for Sinhalese-language news paper ‘Silumina’, was briefly seized and beaten.
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