Friday, September 16, 2011

Sri Lanka: State media distort a UN HRC event and drag a head of a state to intimidate dissent

NfR Sri Lanka, a network of Sri Lankan journalists and human rights defenders living outside the country, condemns the falsification of the proceedings of a side event organized by Sri Lankan Mission in Geneva, to intimidate Sri Lankan press freedom and human rights campaigner Sunanda Deshapriya. He has been a leading activist and a former convenor of the Free Media Movement. Sunanda Deshapriya is a founder member and a steering committee member of the Networking for Rights in Sri Lanka. He is associated with number of other national and international human rights organizations.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

NfR condemns Assault on Navanthurai civilians by security forces

NfR - Net working for rights in Sri lanka - Exile network for media and human rights in Sri LankNfR Sri Lanka, a network of Sri Lankan journalists and human rights defenders   living outside the country condemns the brutal assault on civilians by the officers of Navanthurai Army Detachment, in the Jaffna district. The assault took place on the night of 22nd August 2011. At least 18 of the arrested civilians have been tortured badly and had to be hospitalized. Photographic evidence published by reliable online media sources indicates  that many of them having plastered arms and legs.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

President announces lifting of emergency

Thursday, 25 August 2011 15:57-Sri Lanka Mirror

President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced today (Aug. 25) that the state of emergency has been lifted.

In a special speech in Parliament, the president said he had continued with the emergency rule only for curbing terrorism.

Since the normal law can ensure the country’s administration, he said he was submitting to the House a proposal for lifting the emergency.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Fighting for press freedom in Sri Lanka

The assault of journalist Keith Noyahr was protested in Colombo 2008“If you are not with the government, you become an instant traitor to the country. They said I should be killed; very clearly, they said I should be killed.” In his 30-year career as a reporter and editor in Sri Lanka, Sunanda Deshapriya says he was non-political, but his reporting on the 25-year civil war and human rights violations in the country rubbed the government the wrong way.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

“I can only bring you Thambili in hospital’, says Media Minister .

Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that he can only bring a thembili and visit any journalist if they are assaulted and admitted to hospital.

“I do not have powers to take police action. I cannot also give orders to the police to carryout investigations or arrests”,  Mr  Rambukwella said at the weekly cabinet newsconference when he was questioned about the investigations on the attack on the Uthayan news editor  G.Kuhanathan.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Media owner threatened, Editor severely assaulted, correspondents harassed!

Already battered Freedom of expression and media rights took yet another ugly turn last month in Sri Lanka. A leading news paper owner was threatened by the President, the news editor of the largest circulating Tamil daily in Jaffna was assaulted and critically injured by the military backed para military gang and two correspondents of popular TV news channel was harassed by supports of a notoriously anti media Minister.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Media organisations in Colombo protest against attack on Tamil editor

Media organisations protest in Colombo[TamilNet, Tuesday, 02 August 2011, 10:46 GMT]
Five Colombo-based media organizations held a protest campaign at Lipton Circus, Colombo, Tuesday afternoon, against the assault of Uthayan newspaper's News Editor Gnanasundaram Kuhanathan in Jaffna. Meanwhile, Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa talking to foreign journalists on Tuesday said the attack on Kuhanathan was an 'isolated' incident and a 'petty' crime. Since year 2000, six employees of Uthayan newspaper including two journalists, Raji Varman and S.S.R. Sugirtharajan, have been killed. But the Sri Lankan authorities have not arrested a single person to date in connection with the killings.

President personally phones newspaper’s chairman to threaten him

Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the threats that President Mahinda Rajapaksa made in a phone call to the chairman of The Sunday Leader, Lal Wickrematunge, on 19 July because of an article reporting that China had given the president and his son, parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, money to be used “at their discretion.”

IFJ Outraged by Brutal Attack on Senior Journalist in Jaffna

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its Sri Lankan affiliates in expressing outrage at a brutal attack on Gnanasundaram Kuhanathan, news editor of the Tamil daily Uthayan, in the northern city of Jaffna on July 29.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Blood Was Dripping From His Head – Uthayan News Editor’s Wife

By Easwaran Rutnam
Blood was dripping from the head of Uthayan news editor Gnasundaram Kuganathan as he came home shouting in pain after two men had brutally attacked him, stated the Jaffna based Uthayan newspaper, quoting his wife.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sri Lankan journalist attacked ‘with iron bars’

By Mel Gunasekera AFP
An ethnic Tamil journalist in Sri Lanka’s formerly embattled north was brutally attacked with iron bars, police said on Saturday, the latest in a string of assaults on the nation’s media.Gnanasundaram Kuhanathan, news editor of the Tamil-language daily Uthayan, was attacked by a gang of men wielding iron bars on Friday near his home in the area formerly held by separatist Tamil rebels, police said.

Friday, July 29, 2011

News Editor attacked in Jaffna

Kuganathan in Hospital[TamilNet, Friday, 29 July 2011, 15:08 GMT]
Two unidentified men who came in a motorbike attacked the Chief News Editor of Uthayan Daily in Jaffna, Gnanasundaram Kuganathan, Friday around 7:45 p.m., causing serious injuries to the 59-year-old news editor. Till the end of war, Mr. Kuganathan was living inside the paper office for 3 years as the news paper had come under attacks by occupying SL Army-backed operatives in May 2006 and in March 2009. The staff at the paper office have been threatened by the EPDP paramilitary on several occasions. The timing of the attack signals that it was a ‘punishment’ by the SL military intelligence not favouring the ruling UPFA alliance during the campaign for civic elections.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

UN role in Sri Lanka: We are agreed

Some of the recommendations already implemented include the reduction of High Security Zones, the closure of the Omanthai detention centre, the release of a large number of ex-combatants, the resolution of land disputes and the swift steps taken to ensure that no groups carry firearms with a deadline for the surrender of illegal weapons.

A recent assault on a journalist from Jaffna, yet another example of lawlessness in the North.

NfR views the recent incident of assault on journalist S.Kavitharan of  Uthayan newspaper in Jaffna as another example of  the absence of law and order in that part of the country. What is prevailing in the Jaffna Peninsula is the rule of the jungle instead of rule of law.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Lanka accuses Pillai

News Nowlk- Sri Lanka has accused the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay of having ignored the relevant rules of procedure of the UN Human Rights Council by attempting to legitimize the report of the UN Secretary General’s Panel of Experts on accountability in Sri Lanka.

UN urged to probe Lanka war crimes

Senior UN officials and sections of the international community have called for an international body to investigate alleged rights violations during Sri Lanka's civil war.