The two journalists believe that the incident is another form of harassment intended to muzzle their reporting on farmers and marginalized communities.
Despite some amendments, the bill retains a vague and overbroad definition of terrorism and “could potentially criminalize nearly all forms of legitimate expression”
Journalist Tharindu Uduwaragedara was arrested and harassed by the police while covering a labor protest. He was released on bail.
Sri Lankan comedian Nathasha Edirisooriya was arrested based on allegations that she had made derogatory remarks about Lord Buddha and Buddhist Girl’s Schools.
The Free Media Movement has called for the withdrawal of the circular issued by the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs.
Two journalists have been summoned about their alleged support for the former Tamil armed separatist group.
Human Rights Watch noted that intimidation, surveillance, and arbitrary arrests of demonstrators, civil society activists, lawyers, and journalists are continuing under Sri Lanka’s new government.
The Free Media Movement condemns the military for attacking the Galle Face protest site despite an announcement by the activists that they would peacefully disperse.
Around 10 journalists in Sri Lanka were assaulted by Special Task Force officers while covering a major protest on 9 July.
The Free Media Movement says the actions of Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigation Department against journalists and activists violate the citizens’ right to freedom of expression.
The Free Media Movement condemns the declaration of the state of emergency in defiance of public demands and calls on the President to remove this repressive law immediately.
The Free Media Movement said restricting freedom of speech is the death knell of democracy.
Journalist Parami Nilepthi Ranasinghe was ordered to stop reporting for Sri Lanka’s national television Rupavahini, after the president’s office informed the network that she criticized the government on her Facebook account.
The report deplored the actions of Sri Lanka authorities for continuing to target civil society groups, including human rights defenders and the families of victims of past violations who are campaigning for justice.