Sri Lanka: When one goes missing every five days

At 2.31pm on 21 August 2012, a 32-year-old woman sent a text message to her relatives saying she had been taken to the Criminal Investigation Department in Vavuniya in the north of Sri Lanka. No one has heard from her since.

Indian paradox: Pot needs to call the kettle black

On 24 January 2010, Prageeth Eknaligoda—journalist, cartoonist, father of two— stepped out of the Lanka eNews website office near Colombo. Prageeth had been actively reporting on the country’s forthcoming presidential elections.

Wisconsin massacre: Why didn't the Sikh shooting rate?

Two mass murders, two very different responses. Why didn't the murder of six Sikh-Americans by a white supremacist receive the same coverage in the Australian media as the Aurora killings? On Tuesday this week I emailed Media Watch......

Vaporizing the opponent: Lessons from War Graves

In mythological warfare the fallen is given the rights of burial. Trojan Hector – even though his body was initially mutilated by Achilles – allows King Priam to bear away his son’s body for ceremonial cremation and burial. In Sinhala mythology....

Sampoor: Facts vs. hype on Sri Lanka's 'post war recovery'.

Sampoor is a traditional Tamil village  that abounds in diverse natural resources. Those who live there consider their village to be blessed by nature. In fact, the colloquial meaning of Sampoor is ‘perfect  living habitat, with all  of  the.....

Eluded Peace, Denied Justice: Bare facts and naked truths

The widely advertised ‘war for peace’ came to an end more than three years ago. Yet the fruits of this peace are yet to be enjoyed by the people in the North, who were most affected mentally, physically....

Sri Lanka's Killing Fields: Digging out the truth

I suppose I expected some kind of careful and considered response from the Sri Lankan government to the very serious evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity we presented in our films about the last few bloody weeks....


Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka

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