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Media Freedom is Not A License to Abuse

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By

By Shirley Candappa Conventional media—radio, television, the newspapers and now the new social or web-based media should play a positive and informative role in society. Media freedom is in fact the right to free and open debate and the freedom of expression. The freedom of thought and expression has evolved over a long period of

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Media Freedom and Sri Lanka’s Minority Media

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

Ameen Minority By Ameen Izzadeen This paper analyses the behaviour of the minority media in different phases of the country’s history and the challenges they face today. The term minority media refers to the print and electronic media catering to the minority communities –the Tamils who make up 17 per cent of the country’s 20

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Dissolving PNA, Appealing to UN Increase Pressure on Israel

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

By Saud Abu Ramadan RAMALLAH, April 20 (Xinhua) — As the Middle East peace talks deteriorate, some officials in Ramallah are saying that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has only one major option left — to dissolve the Palestinian National Authority and thus render the Palestinian territories a state under occupation, a move that would “increase

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Elections 2015: The Stakes

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA The Sunday newspapers carried credible reports that the Presidential election would be held anytime after November this year, most probably in January 2015 while parliamentary elections would be held before the Sinhala and Tamil New Year 2015.  What this means is that over the coming year, the serious political participant or student

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Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Fuels Disharmony

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

As the government was taking stock of the fallout of the resolution against Sri Lanka passed recently at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), there was more ammunition coming the way of Sri Lanka’s detractors’ intent on tarnishing the country’s image. It came in the form of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) storming a

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Women Having Sex Outside Marriage Should be Hanged: Indian leader

Apr 13th, 2014 | By

New Delhi, April 11, 2014 (Hindustan Times) Samajwadi Party’s leaders are trying to outdo each other by making one shocking statement after the other. After his boss Mulayam Singh Yadav’s comment that death penalty for rape is unfair, Maharashtra unit chief Abu Azmi has now said women, including rape victims, who have sex outside marriage should

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A Postwar Opposition for Future Elections

Apr 9th, 2014 | By

 By Dr Dayan Jayatilleka Isn’t it amazing just how many people don’t connect up the dots? Take this chap Gobi for instance. What if he (or a clone) were to pop up from under a bed and pop a cop just before the presidential or parliamentary election? Would it not warrant the imposition of a

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UNHRC Resolution(s) and people’s participation in Sri Lanka; what gives this regime the advantage in southern society?

Apr 7th, 2014 | By

By Kusal Perera “Funding has monetized human rights action. NGOs pay – or in their words, compensate -labourers or farmers who attend protests. They give them travel fare, board and minimum wages for the days they miss work. While I don’t blame the participants for accepting such payment, this practice discourages the volunteerism that has

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Early Progress on Devolution Crucial to Sri Lanka: Indian Envoy

Apr 5th, 2014 | By

BY MEERA SRINIVASAN The Hindu “India considers early progress on devolution and a political settlement as being crucial to Sri Lanka to tackle mounting international pressure,” High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Y.K. Sinha, said, a week after India abstained from voting on the U.S.-backed resolution in Geneva. Early resumption of dialogue between the

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Lessons From Geneva

Apr 5th, 2014 | By

The New Indian Express Wednesday, April 02, 2014 By V Suryanarayan Published: 02nd April 2014 02:00 AM Last Updated: 02nd April 2014 01:12 AM Gross human violations that took place in Sri Lanka during the last stages of the Fourth Eelam War have come into sharp focus once again. The UN Human Rights Council, on March 27, after

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