As the military seeks to consolidate power, it is increasingly targeting journalists with lawsuits and violence in order to stop them from reporting the truth about what’s happening in Myanmar.

By FRONTIER “Don’t be afraid of them,” The Hakha Times CEO Ya Lalawmpuia, also known as Pa Pui, advised his newsroom on March 3. “If we are afraid, we will not be able to reveal the truth about what they [police and soldiers] are doing.” Less than a week earlier, on February 27, Pa Pui, 50, had been arrested in Hakha, the Chin State capital, while live streaming a protest. “They [the police] beat me. I told them I was from the media, but they cursed and told me to…

Read More

“Journalist Tortured Himself”: CCD Arrests Sujeewa Gamage For Faking His Own Attack

As Colombo Telegraph predicted, the Colombo Crimes Division has placed assaulted journalist Sujeewa Gamage under arrest for fabricating a complaint about his abduction and assault and inflicting injuries on himself. In lightning quick time the Police said it has transformed its investigation to focus on why the journalist allegedly “fabricated” the events.

Read More

Secret US document reveals Lanka’s ‘Indo-Pacific’ role?

The new Secretariat will focus on the current maritime security environment in the region and, among other things “discuss new areas of cooperation in the fields of maritime security and threats A secret 2018 national security document titled ‘US Strategic Framework for the Indo Pacific,’ declassified on January 5 – with the Trump administration on its way out – describes the formation of such an entity, among its plans for India and South Asia The launch in Colombo of a Trilateral Maritime Security Secretariat, for cooperation between Sri Lanka, India and…

Read More

Sri Lanka group seeks probe of reporter’s alleged kidnapping

A Sri Lankan media rights group is urging the police to expedite a probe into the alleged abduction and torture of a journalistBy BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press18 March 2021, 13:27• 2 min read COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A Sri Lankan media rights group on Thursday urged police to expedite a probe into the alleged abduction and torture of a journalist, calling the incident a serious threat to the safety of journalists in the country. However, Sri Lankan police say the journalist, Sujeewa Gamage, lied about being abducted and has been taken into…

Read More

Resolution on SL to be taken up at UNHRC on March 22

The resolution on Sri Lanka will be taken up at the United Nations Human Rights Council next Monday with a vote expected the same day or the following day, Daily Mirror learns. Tuesday was the deadline for the incorporation of any amendment to the resolution to be moved by the core group of countries led by the United Kingdom. The other countries in the core group are Canada, Germany, Malawi, Macedonia and Montenegro. Besides, there are around 40 countries that have signed the resolution as co-sponsors or additional co-sponsors. Most…

Read More

UNHRC needs to ensure that human rights and accountability developments in Sri Lanka firmly remain on the international agenda

UNHRC needs to ensure that human rights and accountability developments in Sri Lanka firmly remain on the international agenda The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) welcomes the new resolution A/HRC/46/L.1/Rev.1 (Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka) tabled on March 16th to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by the core group of countries that include Canada, Germany, Malawi, Montenegro, North Macedonia and UK. We call upon all member countries of the Council to support and non-member countries to co-sponsor the resolution. This will ensure that human rights…

Read More