Sunday, November 28, 2010

Newspapers in Jaffna threatened – violence continues against media in Jaffna

NfR, the exile network for media and human rights in Sri Lanka is shocked and dismayed by renewed threats and violence against  independent newspapers published in Jaffna, the Tamil heartland of Sri Lanka. 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Celebrates Poddala Jayantha's award

Networking for Rights welcomes the recognition of anti-corruption and press freedom activist Poddala Jayantha end_of_the_skype_highlighti who was recently honored with Transparency International's Integrity award 2009-2010.

Poddala Jayantha, who was the General Secretary of the Working Journalists Association in Sri Lanka , braved many a threat for daring to expose corruption and for campaigning for the right to express oneself freely. In January 2008 he escaped an attempt on his life by a group of goons who turned up at his home. He and a colleague were also directly threatened by the Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Shortly afterwards in June 2009 he was abducted on his way home from work and severely assaulted. The assault left him incapacitated, and he was forced to flee Sri Lanka .