To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of levels of press freedom in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.
We are aware of the serious threats against media personnel who are critical of the Government of Sri Lanka and monitor the subject closely. On
In August journalist JS Tissainayagam was sentenced to 20 years following a conviction related to his writing. We are concerned about the message this sentence sends on the state of media freedoms in Sri Lanka. Mr. Tissainayagam was granted bail this week pending the outcome of his appeal. We are monitoring developments in the case closely.
Investigations have so far failed to identify those responsible for the assassination of Lasantha Wickrematunga, the Editor of The Sunday Leader, who was shot dead in Colombo on