Journalists harassed and threatened

Recent articles in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka: Groups call for release of poet Ahnaf Jazeem detained for a year without charge

Poet Ahnaf Jazeem was arrested on 16 May 2020 under Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism Act for publishing a Tamil-language poetry anthology which authorities said promote extremism.

A man watches election results on a mobile phone in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 17 November 2019, ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP via Getty Images

Sri Lanka: Free Media Movement said ‘fake news’ bill could undermine freedom of expression

Free Media Movement said the bill intended to curb false and misleading online posts could be detrimental to freedom of expression. It was approved by the Cabinet on 20 April.

Opposition supporters hold placards during a protest against the targeting of individuals being arrested for hate speech against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, near Colombo, Sri Lanka, 13 January 2021, Akila Jayawardana/NurPhoto

Sri Lanka: Groups express concern over the president’s statement about the media

Sri Lanka’s Media Organisations Collective said the recent statement by President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa about the media gave “a dangerous signal of an ominous threat to the freedom of media and expression” in the country.