The army obstructs media following clashes in north

 

Reporters Without Borders today condemned moves to prevent the media obtaining information after violent clashes in the north of the country on 23 April in which the Sri Lankan army reportedly lost 185 men.

“The clashes and the evident losses have pushed the military authorities into establishing preventive censorship, preventing photographers and reporters from reaching hospitals and morgues to establish the death toll,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.

“The contradictory statements by those involved and constant pressure from the government which only wants to see the most patriotic articles, shows the urgent need for independent coverage of events currently shaking the region,” it added.

 

Soldiers on 24 April, prevented photographers from entering a Colombo hospital in which wounded soldiers were being treated.

In one of the most violent engagements on the Jaffna Peninsula in recent years, security forces battled Tiger Tamil fighters of the LTTE, leaving losses apparently much heavier than those reported by either side. Each side claimed to have killed around 100 troops.

While the defence ministry said on the day of the battle that 43 soldiers had been killed and that 33 others were missing, unofficial military sources said the army had lost 185 men and that 20 were missing. The army also claimed to have killed more than 3,000 LTTE fighters since the start of 2008, which corresponds to the figure for the total Tigers force provided by the military command six months earlier.

The government is trying to win the news war by doing its utmost to keep journalists away from combat zones and medical facilities as well as trying to influence the editorial stance of both local and national newspapers.

Five journalists’ organisations, including the Free Media Movement, have signed a statement condemning the pressure being brought to bear on the media by the armed forces, in particular against the Tamil daily Thinakural. The Tamil Tigers and the paramilitaries have also been urged to “respect the right to information” and to halt attacks against journalists.

 

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Sri Lanka clamps down on war reports after battle losses

Fri Apr 25, 2:47 AM ET/Sri Lankan authorities have extended “unofficial” censorship to hospitals and funeral parlours as losses mount after a major battle against Tamil rebels, a media rights group said Friday.

The Free Media Movement (FMM) said the authorities had prevented photographers taking pictures of military casualties brought to hospitals following heavy fighting in the northern peninsula of Jaffna on Wednesday.

Funeral undertakers also blocked photographers and reporters as soldiers provided tight security.

“It is highly likely that these measures have been taken after heavy losses faced by the Sri Lankan army earlier this week after fighting intensified in the North,” the FMM said in a statement.

The group said it was urging the government as well as the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to respect the right to information.

“The FMM believes that the right of the public to know information and news relating to the ongoing war is severely undermined by the restrictions placed on journalists.”

It said only foreign wire services and a few news websites operating from Colombo reported battle front casualties independent of government military press releases.

Both the Tamil Tigers and the military claimed killing over 100 of their opponents in Wednesday’s heavy fighting, which was the bloodiest battle since Colombo withdrew from a truce in January

Government bars photographers, censors news from war front

25 April 2008, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Government officials barred photographers from entering hospitals where soldiers injured in battle are being treated, four photo journalists told the Free Media Movement (FMM) today.  Hitherto, photographers have had no problems in entering hospitals to report on the casualties of war. It is highly likely that these measures have been taken after heavy losses (numbering in the hundreds) faced by the Sri Lankan Army earlier this week after fighting intensified in the North.

All government appointed military spokespersons give watered down figures of war casualties and mainstream media are compelled to report these official statistics.  Only some foreign wire services and few news websites operating from Colombo reported the battle front casualties independent of government press releases.  According to government military statements that have been published by media, the Army has killed more than 3,000 LTTE fighters in 2008. 3,000 was the figure given by Army Commander as the strength of the LTTE military six months ago.  In Sri Lanka today the saying that first casualty of war is truth is being proved almost every day. 

The FMM believes that the right of the public to know information and news related to the on going war is severely undermined by the restrictions placed on journalists.  Both the LTTE and the Government do not allow independent media to cover the war in a manner that accurately reports, amongst other things, the numbers dead and injured. The FMM has demanded both sides to allow media to cover the war independently for nearly 15 years. 

We urge the government and the LTTE to respect the right to information. War propaganda is not a substitute for accurate, impartial and responsible journalism that can only be ensured by supporting and strengthening media freedom and the freedom of expression in Sri Lanka. 

යාපනයේ තිනකූරල් පුවත්පතට නොනිල වාරණ නියෝග

පුවත්පත් නිවේදනය  – 2008.04.23 
 

ශ්‍රී ලංකා යුද හමුදාවෙන් සහ යුද හමුදාවේ අනුග්‍රහය ලබන අතුරු හමුදාවන් විසින් යාපනය දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ මාධ්‍යවේදීන් ගේ ජීවිතවලටත් මාධ්‍ය ආයතනවලටත් සිදුකෙරෙන තර්ජන සහ හිංසන නොකඩවා සිදුවීම පිළිබඳව අප සංවිධානවල අවධානය යොමු වී තිබේ. මෙම තර්ජන සහ හිංසන හේතුවෙන් ප්‍රවෘත්ති වාර්තාකරණයට ප්‍රබල බලපෑමක් ඇති වී තිබෙන අතර මාධ්‍ය නිදහස උල්ලංඝනය වීම හේතුවෙන් උතුරේ පුවත්පත් ප්‍රකාශනය සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම බිඳ වැටීමට ආසන්න තත්ත්වයක් උද්ගත වී ඇති බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ දෙමළ ජාතික සන්ධානයට අයත් යාපනය දිස්ත්‍රික්ක මන්ත්‍රීවරුන්ද පසුගිය අප්‍රේල් 20 වැනිදා ප්‍රකාශ කර තිබුණි.
 
මෑතකදී ශ්‍රී ලංකා යුද හමුදාවේ කාලතුවක්කු ප්‍රහාරයකට ලක්ව කුඩාක්කඩල් ප්‍රදේශයේ ධීවරයකු මිය යාමේ සිද්ධිය වාර්තා කිරීමෙන් වලකින ලෙසට තිනක්කුරල් පුවත්පතේ සංස්කාරක වරයා හට යුද හමුදාවෙන් තර්ජනය කර තිබේ.
 
සිකුරාදා රාත්‍රියේ ආයුධ සන්නද්ධව යාපනයේ තිනක්කුරල් කාර්යාලයට කඩා වැදුනු හඳුනා නොගත් පිරිසක් වඩමරාච්චි ප්‍රදේශයේ තුම්පාලෙයි හි පැවැති සාමකාමී යාඥා රැළියක් වාර්තා කළ වාර්තාකරුවකු පිළිබඳ තොරතුරු විමසා තිබේ. එම රැළිය සංවිධානය කරනු ලැබ තිබුණේ ප්‍රදේශයේ කතෝලික දේවස්ථාන කිහිපයක සහභාගිත්වයෙනි. සාමකාමී යාඥා පෙරහැරේ ගමන්ගත් ජනතාව ඉල්ලා සිටියේ මඩු දේවස්ථානය අවට සියලුම ආකාරයේ ගැටුම් සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම නවත්වා මඩු දේවස්ථානයෙන් ඉවත්කරනු ලැබු මඩු මාතාවගේ ප්‍රතිමාව එහි නැවත ප්‍රතිෂ්ඨාපනය කරන ලෙසය.
 
මෙම සිද්ධීන් පිළිබඳව අප විසින් කරන ලද විමසීමකදී යාපනයේ තිනක්කුරල් කාර්යාලයේ කළමනාකාරිත්වය සිද්ධීන් දෙකම සනාථ කළේය.
 
මෙම අයහපත් තත්ත්වය නොකඩවා පැවැතීම කිසිසේත්ම පිළිගත හැක්කක් නොවේ. එහෙයින් අප, රජයෙන් සහ සියලුම සන්නද්ධ හමුදාවන් ගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටින්නේ යාපනයේ ජනජීවිතයට බාධා වන ලෙස එහි ජනතාවගේ තොරතුරු දැනගැනීමේ අයිතියට බාධා පැනවීමෙන් වළකින ලෙස සහ එහි මාධ්‍යවේදීන්ගේත්, ඔවුන්ගේ පවුල්වල සාමාජිකයන්ගේත් මාධ්‍ය කාර්යාලවලත් ආරක්‍ෂාව සුරක්‍ෂිත කරන ලෙසයි.
 
එසේම එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ. සංවිධානයෙන්ද ඇතුලුව සෙසු ආයුධ සන්නද්ධ අතුරු හමුදාවන්ගෙනුත් ඉල්ලා සිටින්නේ මාධ්‍ය නිදහසටත් ප්‍රකාශනයේ නිදහසටත් ජනතාවගේ තොරතුරු දැනගැනීමේ අයිතියටත් ගරු කරමින් මාධ්‍යවේදීන් සහ මාධ්‍ය ආයතන වලට ප්‍රහාර එල්ල කිරීමෙන් වළකින ලෙසයි.
 

 
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පුවත්පත් නිවේදනය – 2008.04.23 
 
කොළඹ මහේස්ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණය ඉදිරිපිටදී ලංකා ඊ නිව්ස් වෙබ් අඩවියේ මාධ්‍යවේදී ශාන්ත විජේසූරිය මහතාට ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණේ සාමාජික පිරිසක් විසින් පහර දෙමින් ඔහුගේ මාධ්‍ය වාර්තාකරණ කටයුතුවලට බාධා පැමිණවීමේ සිද්ධිය පිළිබඳව අප මාධ්‍ය සංවිධාන එකමුතුවේ අවධානය යොමු වී තිබේ.
 
පාර්ලිමේන්තු රථගාලේ නවතා තිබූ වාහන දෙකක් පැහැරගෙන යාමේ චෝදනාව මත අධිකරණයට ඉදිරිපත් කරනු ලැබූ ජ.වි.පෙ. පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී ජයන්ත විජේසේකර මහතාත්, එම වාහන පදවා ගෙන ගිය බව කියන රියැදුරන් දෙදෙනාත් පසුගිය 21 දා ඇප පිට නිදහස් වූ අවස්ථාව වාර්තා කරන්නට ගිය අවස්ථාවේ ලංකා ඊ නිව්ස් මාධ්‍යවේදියා මෙම පහරදීමට ලක්ව ඇති බව අපට දැනගන්නට ලැබී තිබේ.
 
මීට පෙර ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණේ ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවකදී ද ලංකා ඊ නිව්ස් මාධ්‍යවේදියා වෙත බාධාවන් එල්ල කෙරුණු අතර ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණේ නායක සෝමවංශ අමරසිංහ මහතා රූපවාහිනී සම්මුඛ සාකච්ඡාවකදී ලංකා ඊ නිව්ස් වෙබ් අඩවිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් අවමන් සහගත ප්‍රකාශයක් කළේය.
 
මේ සිදුවීම් මාලාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් අපි නැවත වරක් ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ වෙත අපගේ අප්‍රසාදය පළකරමු. දේශපාලන පක්‍ෂ වලට ජනතාව වෙත තම අදහස් ප්‍රකාශ කරන්නට ඇති අයිතිය අපි පිළිගනිමු. ඒ සමඟම තම මාධ්‍ය පරිශීලනය කරන පාඨකයන් වෙත ස්වාධීනව තොරතුරු සම්පාදනය කරන්නට මාධ්‍යවේදීන්ට ඇති අයිතියට ගරුකරන ලෙසත් ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටිමු.
 
මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් ජවිපෙ වාචිකව ලංකා ඊ නිව්ස් වෙබ් අඩවියෙන් සමාව ඉල්ලා ඇති බව ලංකා ඊ නිව්ස් වෙබි අඩවිය අප වෙත දන්වා තිබේ.  ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් අපේ සතුට ඵලකරන අප සංවිධාන නැවත මෙවැනි අප්‍රසන්න සිදුවීම් සිදු නොවීමට වග බලාගන්නා ලෙසත් එවැනි ප්‍රචණ්ඩ හැසිරීම්වලට යා නොදී තම සාමාජිකයන් පාලනය කරගන්නා ලෙසත් එම පක්‍ෂයේ නායකයන්ගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටිමු. 
 
 
 
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Free Media Movement Treasurer receives threats and asked to pay ransom

18th April 2008, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Free Media Movement (FMM) is appalled to place on record that its Treasurer, journalist K. Rushangan, has received threats demanding the payment of a ransom before 25th April 2008.

K. Rushangan is the Editor of the Tamil language news and information website www.inllanka.com and the Tamil journal Saamadana Nokku (Peace Monitor) published by the Center for Policy Alternatives. He also edited the Tamil language daily Thinakkahir published in Batticaloa from 2000-2002.

On Sunday, 13th April at around 4pm, a person who claimed to be “Ealaventhan” from the LTTE demanded that Rushangan handed over a motorbike or the cash equivalent of 1,500 US Dollars. The first deadline given was 16th April. The phone number registered on Rushangan’s mobile phone was 0774 343791. This phone number is still accepting incoming calls.  When Rushangan refused to pay saying that he is not in a position to do so, the caller threatened to abduct the journalist.  

Though Rushangan lodged a complaint at the Dehiwala Police on 16th April, no one has been questioned or arrested by the Police to date, a situation the FMM finds wholly unacceptable in light of the seriousness and urgency of the situation.

The FMM does not have any information on the reasons for or the persons behind these threats. However, given the impunity with which extrajudicial killings and abductions take place in Sri Lanka today, the FMM hold the Police responsible for the safety and security of Rushangan and urge them to take immediate action to bring the culprits to book. 

JVP and the Government stifle the freedom of expression in Sri Lanka

 

 

‘17th April 2008, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Free Media Movement (FMM) expresses its serious concern on discriminatory practices meted out to media institutions by state institutions, politicians and political parties of late.

As reported by www.lankaenews.com, the JVP (People’s Liberation Front) leadership did not allow a Lanka-e-News journalist to cover a press conference held on 11th April at the National Library on the internal rift in the party. Guards employed by the JVP blocked the entrance to the Lanka-e-News journalist stating that no uninvited media would be allowed to participate. The JVP has threatened a number of media institutions in the past and this incident shows that they still do not tolerate critical media reportage on the party.

Sri Lanka’s infamous Labour Minister Mervyn Silva, who claims amongst many other fantastic things to be a devout Buddhist, viciously abused media personnel in front of a leading prelate and ousted them from a function he was a Chief Guest of in Kelaniya on April 10th.  MP Silva’s bodyguards drove out cameramen from Maharaja Television Network from the scene and also threatened the journalists from ‘Daily Mirror’ and ‘Lankadeepa’. Sri Lanka’s Labour Minister has a sordid history of having verbally and physically threatened and abused media personnel. No action has been taken to bring him to book. A week earlier, the same minister threatened Sirasa journalists, belonging to the Maharaja Media Network that he is not above using his own hands to stop them from covering issues in his electorate.
Demonstrably, media freedom in Sri Lanka is not in good hands.

On 5th April, the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) did not allow correspondents from BBC, Associated Press, Sirasa/MTV and Tamil language news papers to join the media tour it organized to Jaffna. We deeply regret that the MCNS has not shown any transparency when inviting media for tours to war affected areas. Its highly discriminatory process of selection allows it to pick and choose only the most supine journalists to augment its propaganda, a practice that we have consistently opposed. Critical media commentary is essential in war and we strongly feel the MCNS should invite and actively support the participation of all media in efforts to open up the front lines of war to public scrutiny through the media.
Incredibly, the MCNS also had the gall to warn journalists taken on such tours against what it considers to be unfavourable coverage of the Government’s war efforts. As noted in The Nation on 13th April, Military Spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara had in a telephone conversation said that in future the military would not consider inviting journalists from The Bottom Line newspaper for government sponsored tours, because of his extreme displeasure over a news-feature that appeared in The Bottom Line on the situation in the embattled Jaffna Peninsula.

The freedom of expression is fundamentally about the right to express opinions that are open to contestation but not to censorship or censure. The government and all political parties have a duty to strengthen and support the diversity of opinions so that citizens can make informed judgments on vital social, political and economic issues in the country. Registering our strong disquiet on these incidents, the FMM firmly and urgently request all relevant stakeholders to meaningfully uphold the freedom of expression and media freedom in Sri Lanka.

 

 

Arbitrary detention of journalist Tissaainayagam – AI appeal

– an appeal received from Amnesty International

Journalist Jayaprakash Sittampalam (J. S.) Tissainaygam has been held in the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) detention centre in Colombo since 7 March. The authorities have claimed that he is held on suspicion of involvement with the armed group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), although he has not been charged with any offence, and Amnesty International believes that his detention is arbitrary. He is at risk of going blind if he does not receive specialist treatment for a serious eye condition.

On 7 March, J. S. Tissainayagam was detained after making enquiries to the TID regarding the arrest of his colleague V. Jasikaren and Jasikaren’s wife the previous day. When arrested J. S. Tissainayagam was not issued with a detention order as required under any Emergency Regulations in Sri Lanka. In addition procedural safeguards set out in the Sri Lankan Presidential Directives, such as the provision of a document giving details of the arrest to the detainee’s relatives, were not fulfilled,

J. S. Tissainayagam suffers from an eye condition that has required operations to re-attach his retinas. High levels of stress, or exposure to extreme levels of light, could cause a recurrence of the condition, which may result in blindness. It is not known whether he has received the required specialist medical treatment for his condition. 

J. S. Tissainayagam filed a petition against his arbitrary arrest and detention with the Supreme Court. The Court allowed his petition to proceed. He was only granted access to a lawyer after lodging this and has reportedly been able to meet the lawyer only once, on 21 March, in the presence of a TID chief investigating officer.

A Supreme Court hearing on 27 March, in which J. S. Tissainayagam’s lawyer and wife were present but not himself, reportedly confirmed that no detention order had been presented to him when he was arrested. Citing a previous ruling by the Chief Justice that detainees should not be held by the TID for more than a week the Court decided that the case should be reviewed by the Chief Justice.

The Chief Justice heard the case on 31 March. The government then presented a detention order to the Chief Justice, claiming that J.S. Tissainayagam is acting on behalf of the LTTE, and, can be held for up to 90 days from 7 March.

Amnesty International is concerned that J. S. Tissainayagam is being held under the Emergency (Prevention and Prohibition of Terrorism and Specified Terrorist Activities) Regulations No. 7 2006, which are incompatible with international human rights law and standards, and have been used to intimidate and harass political opponents, thus fostering a culture of impunity. The Emergency Regulations, issued by the President, introduce broad-based and vaguely defined “terrorism” offences which, among other things, have been used to silence critical media and generally violate freedom of expression in Sri Lanka, including through detention without charge or trial, which could under these Regulations last up to 18 months. Such detention is clearly arbitrary, in violation of Article 9(1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Sri Lanka is a state party.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Amnesty International is alarmed by a number of recent attacks and other violations of the human rights of media workers, which follow the pattern outlined in its recent report ‘Sri Lanka: Silencing Dissent’ (AI Index: ASA 37/001/2008). Journalists and other media workers have been detained for long periods of time without charge on previous occasions. On 21 November 2006 Parameshwari Munusamy, a Tamil woman journalist with the Sinhalese newspaper Mawbima, was arrested by Special Task Force (STF) personnel and detained at TID headquarters under the Emergency Regulations on suspicion of having links with the LTTE. At the time of her arrest, she was not told details of the grounds and legal basis she was held under. Detained without charge for four months, she was released on 22 March 2007. Her family were also reportedly assaulted at their home on 14 March 2008, by intruders who forcibly entered their home, causing serious injuries to her father and sister. There have been a number of attacks and arbitrary arrests of media workers in the last few weeks including Gayan Lasantha Ranga, Udayen and Kithsiri Wijesinghe, all contributors to the website www.outreachsl.com. The three were reportedly released on 18 March after being held in TID detention without charge for a number of days.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in English or your own language:

– expressing concern that J. S. Tissainayagam is being arbitrarily detained by the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) in Colombo, apparently to prevent him from peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression through his journalistic work;
– calling on the authorities to ensure that J.S. Tissainayagam is not tortured or ill-treated, and that he is allowed immediate and unrestricted access to his family, a lawyer of his choice, an independent court and any specialist medical treatment he may require;
– calling on the authorities to release J. S. Tissainayagam immediately and unconditionally, unless he is to be charged with a recognizably criminal offence and remanded by an independent court.

APPEALS TO:
His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Presidential Secretariat
Colombo 1
Sri Lanka
Fax: + 94 11 2446657
Salutation: Your Excellency

Hon. Amarasiri Dodangoda
Minister of Justice
Ministry of Justice and Law Reforms
Superior Courts Complex,
Colombo 12
Sri Lanka
Fax: + 94 11 2445447
Salutation: Dear Minister

COPIES TO: diplomatic representatives of Sri Lanka accredited to your country.

 

TNA web site under investigation

Text taken from the ICT4Peace blog’s post here:

Lanka Dissent reports that the website of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is under investigation by the Government of Sri Lanka because “… it directly contributes towards dividing the country and that it promotes the concept of a separate Eelam state.” The full news report is worth quoting:

Investigations are underway into the official website of the Tamil National Alliance, http://www.tamilalliance.net.

The government has received a complaint that the website directly contributes towards dividing the country and that it promotes the concept of a separate Eelam state.

 A senior government spokesman said that the government intends to lodge a complaint with the Attorney General against the website and take legal action on recommendation by the AG. 

After visiting the TNA website briefly (it takes ages to load), what seems to have piqued the Government seems to be a map of Eelam on the home page and some text on what the TNA considers is the traditional tamil homeland of the Tamils and the LTTE role in it.

Regulation 6 of the Emergency (Prevention and Prohibition of Terrorism and Specified Terrorist Activities) Regulations No. 07 of 2006 makes it unlawful to “wear, display, hoist or possess the uniform, dress, symbol, emblem, or flag of” a “terrorist group” in Sri Lanka. Regulation 6 criminalises, not only “terrorism”, “any specified Terrorist activity,” but also “any other activity in furtherance of any act of terrorism or specified terrorist activity committed by any person, group or groups of persons.” Regulation 7 provides, among other things, that ”No person shall… promote, encourage, support, advice, assist, act on behalf of; or organize or take part in any activity or event of, any person, group, groups of persons or an organization which acts in contravention of regulation 6 of these regulations.”

Roundly condemned by civil society, these regulations have been used to crack down on the freedom of expression and dissent in Sri Lanka, including self-censorship of journalists. Expressing its serious concerns with the regulations the Centre for Policy Alternatives noted in a statement that amongst other glaring problems the wide, overbroad language of several of the regulations could curtail legitimate democratic activity, dissent and the autonomy of civil society groups.

It’s impossible to agree with the TNA’s stance on the LTTE as “the sole and authentic representatives of the Tamil peoples” in Sri Lanka. It is also never out of fashion to debate the archeological and historical proof of traditional Tamil homelands. But a malevolent investigation into the website of a registered democratic party that is represented in parliament for espousing what it believes and is open to its contestation has to be seen in light of measures taken by the government to viciously clamp down on dissent.

It is highly likely that the AG’s recommendation will be a closure of this website in light of the content published on it.  

Of course, it’s interesting that the case has been made to the Attorney General’s Department at all since the Government has blocked access to the popular Tamil news website Tamilnet from Sri Lanka for close upon a year now, has openly called for hackers to be employed against websites it find inconvenient and has arrested journalists behind other critical websites

Anyone interested in the content of the TNA website can download the entire website in PDF form from the Sites at Risk website here.

UPDATE

The Bottom Line newspaper has a related story published today that can be read here