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Sri Lanka – Still no right to information act

7 Aug
Still no right to information act – IFEX

7 August 2012

(CPJ/IFEX) – 7 August 2012 – The following is a CPJ Blog post:

By Bob Dietz/CPJ Asia Program Coordinator

You would think that with fighting between government forces and secessionist Tamils finished in May 2009, the Sri Lankan government might ease its grip on public information – information which is really the property of the country’s citizens, not whichever administration happens to be holding political power. In 2004, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike’s cabinet did approve a Freedom of Information Bill, but parliament was dissolved and the bill never went further.

The issue has been coming and going over the years. The last attempt at legislative change came in 2011, when it was defeated by the government in parliament. One Sri Lankan editor recalls President Mahinda Rajapaksa as telling a group of editors around that time that the country doesn’t need what has been relabelled as a Right to Information Act because he would answer whatever questions they might have.

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Journalists assaulted, equipment seized in Sierra Leone

7 Aug

Lagos, Nigeria, August 7, 2012–The Committee to
Protect Journalists condemns an attack on two journalists by soldiers in Sierra
Leone and calls on authorities to investigate and bring the perpetrators to

from Committee to Protect Journalists

In Mali, Islamic militants beat journalist, close radio station

7 Aug

People from Mali's north protest against the Islamist takeover of their region in the capital, Bamako, on July 4. (AP/Harouna Traore)

Lagos, Nigeria, August 7, 2012–Members of
an Islamist militant group attacked a radio journalist in Mali on Sunday and
ordered his station off the air, according to local journalists and news
reports. The attack was in retaliation for the station’s coverage of local
protests, according to local journalists and a leader of the Islamist group.

from Committee to Protect Journalists

Blog: US pursues return of Palestinian TV station’s equipment

7 Aug

For more than five months, the Ramallah-based private
television broadcaster Wattan TV has been
without key equipment, including transmitters, computers, files, and archives.
On February 29, Israeli soldiers and officials from the Ministry of
Communications raided
the station
without a warrant, saying it was broadcasting illegally and
interfering with aircraft transmissions.

from Committee to Protect Journalists

Broadcaster Raajje TV silenced in the Maldives

7 Aug

A protester is arrested during ongoing demonstrations in Male. (AP/Sinan Hussain)

New York, August 7, 2012–Authorities in the Maldives must
immediately investigate today’s attack on the opposition Raajje TV, the
Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The attack came just days after
police accused the station of making false allegations against security forces,
according to news reports.

from Committee to Protect Journalists

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