Government denies plans for web filtering, wants to establish online ethics

Two news stories published today address concerns over recent reports that the Sri Lankan government was planning to filter critical dissent online, in a context where websites have been blocked arbitrarily and without any legal authority. Ironically, pornographic sites that have been banned by the law are more easily accessible than those than are not! … Continue reading Government denies plans for web filtering, wants to establish online ethics

Full text: Colombo Declaration on Media Freedom and Social Responsibility, October 2008

Available as a PDF in English, Sinhala and Tamil. Also see emphasis on Internet freedom and respecting blogger's rights here. ~ On the Occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Colombo Declaration on Media Freedomand Social Responsibility (“Declaration”), we, the undersigned: Reaffirming our commitment to the principles and values articulated in the Declaration, and to … Continue reading Full text: Colombo Declaration on Media Freedom and Social Responsibility, October 2008

Revisiting the Colombo Media Declaration: Rough transcript of presentation

Rough transcript of presentation made at the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) on the occasion of revisiting the 1998 Colombo Declaration on Media Freedom and Social Responsibility. Good afternoon. In a very brief presentation I wish to lay out some issues that I think are pertinent if we are going to revisit the 1998 Colombo … Continue reading Revisiting the Colombo Media Declaration: Rough transcript of presentation

Revisiting the Colombo Declaration on Media Freedom: The importance of new media, the web and Internet

I was invited to present some thoughts on a session on new media organised by the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) as part of a workshop that would renew the 1998 Colombo Declaration on Media Freedom. Before the panel began, D.B. Nihalsingha, the Chair for the panel, asked Rohan Samarajiva and I what the acronym … Continue reading Revisiting the Colombo Declaration on Media Freedom: The importance of new media, the web and Internet