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Sri Lanka’s Economy Next’s Bellwether piece among SOPA award finalists

SOPA’s annual Awards for Editorial Excellence are given to recognize and reward great journalism

May 3, 2024 2 min read

Sri Lanka's broadcast authority bill to be presented to parliament soon

The state minister insisted that there would be "no hindrance to the media in this regard".

February 14, 2024 2 min read

Sri Lanka government stubbornly push for controversial online safety bill despite concerns

At least 18 petitions have been filed against the bill in the Supreme Court.

October 16, 2023 3 min read

Alarm over Sri Lanka law for ‘online safety’, ‘online truths’


September 19, 2023 4 min read
Lyca Productions to market Sri Lankan films in Middle East, Europe 

Lyca Productions India announces Sri Lankan production facility and six Sri Lankan movies.

Sri Lanka's new anti-corruption law ignores asset recovery, retroactive action: SJB

“Why wasn’t an asset recovery law included in this? Why no retroactive punishment? said Attanayake.

Sri Lanka govt, opp. disagree over licence renewal under new broadcast commission

“Media regulation is necessary. But this draft provides for an annual licence issuance."

Himal Kotelawala
June 13, 2023 3 min read

USAID and IREX host 'Mojo Lanka' mobile journalism festival

The two-day festival intends to educate content creators on the latest trends

June 8, 2023 2 min read

Proposed Sri Lanka broadcast authority: opposition mulling legal action

“If we allow this bill to be enacted, it will be the death of media freedom,” he said.

Himal Kotelawala
June 5, 2023 3 min read

Sri Lanka opposition slams purported licence-cancelling broadcast authority

“What we can see is that this violates several fundamental rights, so we strongly oppose this bill," he said.

Himal Kotelawala
May 31, 2023 3 min read

Sri Lanka to establish broadcast authority to foster "better, more sophisticated" media culture

Cabinet approval was given to appoint a cabinet subcommittee to hold discussions with all stakeholders

September 23, 2022 1 min read

Sri Lanka to set up chartered institute of professional journalists

"We are setting up this to improve the quality of journalism in the country and to raise it to international standards."

Chanka Jayasinghe
August 16, 2022 2 min read

Sri Lanka calls for greater economic corporation among BIMSTEC members

Members asked BIMSTEC to fast-track activities in sectors such as agriculture, food security, connectivity and energy

March 30, 2022 2 min read

Journo attack: Sri Lanka media minister ready to accept govt responsibility if investigations fail

“The government will be unable to absolve itself of that responsibility. I am still of that position,” he said.

March 15, 2022 3 min read

Sri Lanka parliament passes data protection act amid privacy concerns

Justice Minister ensures to accommodate amendments, if necessary and privacy will be protected.

March 10, 2022 3 min read

Sri Lanka govt condemns attack on journalist as opposition cries foul

“It is the stink of a festering group of society that is emanating from this attack,” the minister said.

February 15, 2022 3 min read
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Sri Lanka journalist's residence attacked; says too early to pinpoint possible culprit

“It’s still early. We have made videos on various issues. It’s hard to say at this point who might be behind it."

February 14, 2022 3 min read

Sri Lanka to amend media laws, ethics, formulate national media policy

Journalists in Sri Lanka have long advocated self-regulation of the media.

November 24, 2021 2 min read

Sri Lanka govt mulls ways to control websites amid rising online activism

The minister said the govt is obligated to protect the rights of the people as much as it must ensure media freedom.

August 11, 2021 4 min read

Alleged Sirasa conspiracy: Sri Lanka media minister dismisses opposition claims

"I will not hesitate to take legal action against any media organisation that attempts to disturb the peace."

Imesh Ranasinghe
July 13, 2021 2 min read

Hudson Samarasinghe returns as chair of Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation

This is at least the fourth occasion in Samarasinghe's decades-long career that he was appointed to this position.

June 30, 2021 1 min read

Jailed Sri Lanka top detective Abeysekara makes first media appearance since release

“I won’t have to face punishment because I have not done any wrong.”

June 26, 2021 3 min read

Sri Lanka website Colombo Gazette crashes after alleged Chinese bot attack

The DDoS attack is a sequel to a similar event that occurred in March last year

Imesh Ranasinghe
April 28, 2021 2 min read

New online laws will threaten Media freedom says FMM

The Free Media Movement (FMM) is calling on the Media Community to take concerted action to prevent the enactment of law...

April 22, 2021 2 min read

FMM calls the Press Council flawed and wants it abolished not restructured

The Free Media Movement (FMM) is calling for the abolishing of the Press Council and has vehemently opposed the governme...

March 15, 2021 3 min read

Sri Lanka to extend controversial Press Council law to electronic, new media

Sri Lanka will extend a controversial Press Council law enacted in 1973 to electronic and media, according to a decision...

January 5, 2021 2 min read