Media freedom still lacking in SL

July 13, 2010 Comments Off on Media freedom still lacking in SL

The Guardian, UK – Why the media silence on Sri Lanka’s descent into dictatorship?

Local journalists who speak out against human rights abuses fear for their lives and the world press turns a blind eye

It is now over a year since the president of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, claimed victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). But war is still being waged on the “paradise island” – by the government, against the country’s journalists.

Last week alone saw one media outlet receive a threatening letter and the head of another charged with fraud by the supreme court after publishing stories critical of the government. And two international NGO workers involved in protecting journalists had their visas revoked. More

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