Whistle-blowing is a powerful check on corruption, and it is why moves in Iceland to make it an international center for investigative journalism publishing, by passing the strongest combination of source protection, freedom of speech, and libel-tourism prevention laws in the world are so fundamentally important for everyone interested in the freedom of expression. Called … Continue reading Wikileaks and the hypocrisy of the US administration?
An order by the Inspector General of Police in Sri Lanka, the same chowderhead who once said women could record themselves getting raped through mobile phones, now wants to the Director General of Telecommunication Regulatory Commission to suspend the licenses of 12 websites which were exhibiting nude photographs. Firstly, none of the websites the IGP … Continue reading IGP now wants to “suspend licenses” of porn websites in Sri Lanka
UNHCR's RefWorld features a report from Reporters Without Borders (RSF) that raises fears over a regime of Internet censorship in Sri Lanka broader and deeper than what exists at present. There is an element of hyperbole here - calling Sri Lanka an enemy of the Internet is, as yet, far too premature in light of the … Continue reading Internet censorship in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has blocked access to the following websites as of today from its ADSL network: Tamilcanadian and TamilCanadian's News Section Puthinam.com Tamilnation.org Reports I have received indicate that these are still accessible on Dialog. All ISPs in Sri Lanka have repeatedly blocked access to Tamilnet.com, but actions today indicate that the scope … Continue reading SLT blocks Tamil websites
After reporting that it was shortlisted in late March, I'm happy to see that the Sunday Leader has won the journalism award in the 2009 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award. The Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression awards honour those who have made outstanding contributions to the promoting of free expression. As I … Continue reading Sunday Leader and Psiphon win Freedom of Expression awards, but in UAE you can’t access one
"... Thus while the government is trying to position Singapore as a Media Hub for the fast-growing new media technology and development, home grown talent often face harsh official harassment. Singapore's netizens are moving to redefine the terms of the island state's political discourse - whether the government welcome them or not". Kalinga Seneviratne, Asia … Continue reading Online dissent and the future of extremism in Sri Lanka
The Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression awards honour those who have made outstanding contributions to the promoting of free expression. This year, the Sunday Leader is shortlisted for the Guardian Journalism Award. Richly deserved.
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
The Editor in Chief of the Sunday Leader and one of Sri Lanka’s best known journalists Lasantha Wickremetunge was murdered on 8th January 2009 en route to work. He was beaten and shot repeatedly and succumbed to his injuries in hospital. The first post on Groundviews on the assassination can be read here. Lasantha was … Continue reading Citizen journalism on Groundviews and Vikalpa’s YouTube channel interrogates assassination of Lasantha Wickremetunge
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) came out with a disturbing report last week, in which it noted that out of 125 incarcerated as of 1st December 2008, 56 of them were online journalists including bloggers. As CPJ notes, [it is] a tally that surpasses the number of print journalists for the first time. The … Continue reading 125 journalists in jail. 3 in Sri Lanka. Bloggers next?