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Media workshop at SLPI disrupted by mob

Jul 28th, 2014 | By

By Aanya Wipulasena SLPI rented auditorium for workshop organised by Rights Now Collective for Democracy and the Sri Lanka Tamil Media Alliance View(s): A workshop for journalists organised by a non profit organisation that was to be held at the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) yesterday was called off abruptly after a mob protested outside

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Media, democracy and apathy in Sri Lanka

Jun 30th, 2014 | By

|By Shirley Candappa The media in a democratic society are considered the fourth estate, along with the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary. The main function of the media  is to cover events, gather and spread information and finally through this process to control the activities of state authorities. Abraham Lincoln speaking on the importance

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Media Freedom is Not a License to Abuse

May 2nd, 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 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 in Sri Lanka –A Reality or Concept?

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By

By Shirley Candappa The media in Sri Lankacomprises several different types of communication –radio, newspapers, television, magazines and web-based media. There are over a dozen privately owned radio stations and more than 30 privately operated television stations, there are also four major print media organizations, a number of political party-run news papers and a large

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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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Journalism and the safety of the JOURNALIST

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By

By S. Skanda Sri Lanka according to ‘Reporters Without Borders’ ranks 163rd out of 179 countries in the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index. During the days of the civil war, Sri Lanka known as one of the most dangerous places to be a journalist. Powerful figures in the defence establishment stand accused of harassing  

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U.S. drops in press freedom ranking, to #46 out of 180 countries measured

Apr 1st, 2014 | By

Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index measures the state of the free press in countries around the world. The U.S. fell 13 places to No. 46 thanks to the conviction of a WikiLeaks’ informant, the effort to track down and punish NSA leaker Edward Snowden and the Justice Department’s monitoring of reporters. BY LESLIE LARSON  

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Sri Lanka: FMM deplores judicial order banning right to speak of two HRDs

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By

Press release / 23.03.2014 The Free Media Movement deplores the Magistrate order issued on Human Rights Defenders ( HRDs) Ruki Fernando and Fr, Praveen Mahesan restricting their right to speak.  The freedom of  expression is a fundamental right recognized by the constitution of Sri Lanka and enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It

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Media Invitation- National Human Rights Commission is inactive: Villagers of PANAMA protest Land Grabbing

Mar 12th, 2014 | By

People of Panama villages, including Shasthrawela, Ragamwela, Ulla, Ulpassa & Ragamwela will demonstrate their condemnation of the inaction of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Sri Lanka, in defending their Right to Land and Livelihood. The inaction of NHRC in implementing its own recommendations on behalf of the villagers of Panama, outlawing the grabbing

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