Posts Tagged ‘ media ’

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 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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The Mel We Knew

Feb 5th, 2014 | By

Mel Gunasekera, who was killed this morning (02) at her private residence in Battaramulla, was adored by her colleagues. They loved her personality, her willingness to help, and her radiant smile. Hence, the news of her sudden death that came on the first Sunday of the month of February was an utter shock to everyone

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Lasantha Wickrematunge: Justice Delayed

Jan 10th, 2014 | By

Text and Pictures By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai Rays of sun breaking through at the grave site Grave site decorated with fresh flowers, and candles Lal Wickrematunge, older brother of Lasantha Wickrematunge is seen grieving at his brother’s grave Lasantha Wickrematunge’s fifth death anniversary was marked today. Family members, friends, and colleagues gathered at his grave site in

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Lasantha: Five Years On, You Are Still Our Hero – Updated

Jan 8th, 2014 | By

By Marianne David 8 January 2014, five years since they took Lasantha Wickrematunge away. Who these ‘they’ are, no one knows. Or those who know will not say. One suspect in his murder died in Police custody, the second has been released due to lack of evidence, and all ‘leads’ have led nowhere. The Police

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CHOGM 2013 –A summit amidst a breakdown of law and order

Nov 27th, 2013 | By

By S. Skanda (CHOGM) 2013 in Colombo was overshadowed by a row over alleged human rights abuses in the country The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 in Colombo ended with a show of unity after the summit was overshadowed by a row over alleged human rights abuses in the country. CHOGM leaders issued a

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Sri Lanka military to probe blocking of foreign media

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

Sri Lanka’s military promised on Friday to investigate why AFP journalists were prevented from working in the country’s former war zone this week by soldiers who said they were under orders to restrict the media. An Agence France-Presse (AFP) video journalist and a photographer were obstructed in the Northern province by local military officials on

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