Thursday, March 31, 2011

News Editor of Lanka e News arrested

 Daily Mirror- News Editor of Lanka e News website Bennet Rupasinghe was arrested by the Wellampitiya police when he was asked to come and give a statement with the police for allegedly threatening a brother of one of the suspects who is in custody over the arson attack on their office in Malabe.

The lawyer representing Mr. Rupasinghe said that he was arrested a short while ago and is to be taken to the Kaduwela Magistrate where he is to be produced in courts. (SD) Pics by Pradeep Dilrukshana

Obedient to her employer, the Rajapaksas Judge Jayaki remands Bennet

Lanka news-Magistrate Jayaki de Alwis has ordered the arrest of LankaEnews News Editor Bennet Ratnayake. The Magistrate was removed from the judiciary by former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva over an alleged disciplinary issue while she was serving as the Chief Magistrate of the Anuradhapura courts and her gratitude towards President Mahinda Rajapaksa in re-instating her has been shown by delivering the order to remand Bennet until April 7.

Arrested news editor of LeN website remanded

Sri Lanka mirror- Arrested news editor of Benett Rupasinghe has been remanded until April 07. Mr. Rupasinghe was produced before Kaduwela magistrate Jayaki de Alwis this afternoon (Mar. 31). He was arrested by Wellampitiya police earlier in the day on charges of making threatening calls and threatening at gunpoint the brother of a suspect in the arson attack on the website’s Malabe office.

Editor of Lanka e News Benette Rupasinghe arrested The Editor of Lanka e News Benette Rupasinghe has been arrested after being questioned by the police over an alleged threat to a relative of a suspect who had been arrested earlier over the attack on the Lanka e News office.

According to sources the Wellampitiya police had asked Rupasinghe to report to the police station this morning to record a statement.

Diplomatic corps must act to free ailing Sri Lankan journalist

CPJ New York, March 31, 2001--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the international diplomatic community in Colombo to help secure the release of Lanka eNews website News Editor Bennet Rupasinghe. According to colleagues in Colombo and international news reports, Rupasinghe was arrested by police after responding to a summons. He was called to give a statement about allegedly threatening a brother of a suspect who is in custody over the arson attack on the site's office on January 31.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

BBC correspondent blocked from attending Jaffna Festival

[TamilNet, Saturday, 26 March 2011, 03:47 GMT]
Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defense has refused permission to BBC Colombo correspondent Charles Haviland from attending cultural festival in Jaffna, sources in Colombo said. The "Jaffna Music Festival” organized to celebrate the diverse traditional folk arts for three days from 25th – 27th March 2011, is being organized by the Norwegian Embassy, USAID and implemented by Sevalanka Foundation, according to reports from Jaffna.

The reason for the refusal was not communicated to the BBC correspondent, according to reports.

Colombo has routinely blocked foreign journalists, mainly BBC reporters from covering events in the North East.

Political observers speculate that Sri Lanka Government is irked by what it considers to be adverse reporting by foreign correspondents, and limiting access to NorthEast is an attempt to bring the foreign journalists in-line with the local media which largely exercises self-censorship.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Sri Lanka website linked to minister incites violence against Dr. Wikramabahu Karunarathna

Networking for Rights is disturbed and shocked over comments posted on the Ada
Derana website against the leader of the New Left Front  Dr. Wikramabahu Karunarathna callingfor his death. This is all the more disturbibg as the website  is  run by the Derana TV channel  which  is owned by the family of Dr. Sarath Amunugama, a senior minister in the Sri Lankan government.