3rd May 2018

Journalists in Sri Lanka still cannot report on wartime atrocities – Press Freedom Index for 2018 : SriLanka 131 out of 180 countries

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INDEXES on press freedom indicate that Sri Lanka’s media has become freer since the National Unity Government took office in January 2015. However, the reality on the ground with journalists threatened with counterterrorism laws, editors forced to practice self-censorship and near-continuous surveillance, paints another picture.  Although the operating environment for journalists in 2018 is far safer than when Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in May 2009, the mere absence of death and disappearance of journalists is but the lowest denominator of a free media. A more meaningful way to gauge progress of media freedom might then be to see how far (if at all) the atmosphere of violence and intimidation, which prevailed until mid-2009 – the height of the armed conflict – still remains. In July 2009 […]

Colombo is British peoples third popular destination

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Colombo is the third most popular non-European destinations for Brits followed by New York and Orlando respectively, the UK’s Daily Mail reported quoting an analysis conducted by the search site Kayak.co.uk. However, the analysis hadn’t included actual bookings, Daily Mail said. Kayak.co.uk travel expert Neil Cartwright has said internationally, there has been a huge shift towards the Indian Subcontinent as well as Africa. “And we couldn’t have predicted a few years ago that Sri Lanka would become Brits’ third most popular international destination overall. This might also suggest that Brits are looking for alternatives to the summer classics and are searching out more exotic destinations that they haven’t visited before. Unfortunately, the USA is the country to be missing out the most. Demand has been falling for a few years now and overall, we are seeing year-on- year declines of around a […]

Who is protecting Rajapaksha’s?, Maithiri or Ranil and Why?

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We have talked about so many burning issues including the ones of UDAYANGA, MAHENDRAN and JALIYA, but we haven’t seen a single brought to conclusion. Either we await action from INTERPOL or our own sleuths. Going back on the local scenario, what happened with the findings on THAJUDEEN, LASANTHA, AVANT GARDE, ALOYSIUS, PALIASENA et al? We continuously seem to be waiting and waiting, not concluding anything. WHY SUCH INORDINATE DELAYS IN IMPLEMENTING THE LAW? What is happening to the Cabinet is that its members are unable to find themselves or what they want. The postponements go on and on while pistol-wielding folks are being brought back to power. What a fantastic state of affairs the country is in! In the meantime, our President says Cabinet […]