Impunity Island: Sri Lanka's "predator emeritus" on rebound

Many local journalists feel discomfort when they hear the name Gotabaya Rajapaksa. He is seen as a ruthless person, who was behind the murder wave that took the lives of their colleagues. They see it as unthinkable to contact him and ask critical questions. The few foreign journalists....

Impunity Island: Sri Lanka's haunting legacy of war on media

A lot can happen in the time between the World Press Freedom Day, May 3, to the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, November 2. Will the prospects for justice in Sri Lanka completely........

Sri Lanka: The subversion of independent thinking

The Sri Lanka government is intent on controlling freedom of thought by expelling foreign passport holders who visit the country and later attend seminars or give press interviews on subjects the regime considers tabooOn November 23......

Media censorship is part of a bigger strategy

I worked with Lasantha at the Sunday Leader between 1999 and 2002. It is tragic that media censorship and political oppression against which Lasantha struggled valiantly then, and for which he died in 2009, persist four years..............

Sri Lanka's Secrets: How the Rajapaksa regime gets away with murder

Sometimes you come across a book that kicks so hard in the stomach that you simply become numb. ‘Sri Lanka’s Secrets’ is such a book. Although travel agencies depict the tropical island country to be one of Asia's most exciting........

Jonathan Miller writes an open letter to Sri Lankan journalists

I definitely detected a delicious sense of schadenfreude from among you brave – but mischievous -  Sri Lankan journalists, over the relentless harassment of me and my Channel 4 colleagues by state intelligence police and immigration officers. I’m not referring to the ranting rottweiler

Madras Cafe: Intercept the half-truth

Some sections of the Indian media may be going gaga over the ‘realistic’, ‘non-dramatic’ film ‘Madras Cafe’ of Shoojit Sircar. Some have, rather shamelessly, compared it to Zero Dark Thirty - in reality, GI Joe: Retaliation is a more gripping watch. While the poor sense of aesthetics of these ................

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