2008: Celebrating the growth of media freedom and the freedom of expression in Sri Lanka

NOT. Media freedom and the freedom of expression took a nose dive in 2008, following trends from the year before. Print, electronic and web media were severely undermined by government and LTTE supported violence - both physical and verbal - against dissent, independent opinion and investigative journalism. Framed by escalation of hostilities in the North … Continue reading 2008: Celebrating the growth of media freedom and the freedom of expression in Sri Lanka

Shooting in public – Citizen journalism under threat in Sri Lanka

In recent months, pedestrians who filmed public bomb attacks on their mobile phones have been confronted by the police. One citizen who passed on such footage to an independent TV channel was later vilified as a ‘traitor’. Overly suspicious (or jealous?) neighbours called the police about a friend who was running his video editing business … Continue reading Shooting in public – Citizen journalism under threat in Sri Lanka

Key media organisations and trade unions in Sri Lanka recognise bloggers as journalists

A statement by the five leading media organisations and journalist trade unions in Sri Lanka carried in the Daily Mirror today is the first expression in the history of journalism in Sri Lanka that bloggers are defined as being inextricably part of the media community. In reply to the Media Minister's statement five media organisations … Continue reading Key media organisations and trade unions in Sri Lanka recognise bloggers as journalists