Blog: No right to information in Sri Lanka

7 Aug

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in white, inspects a parade May 19 marking the third anniversary of the defeat of Tamil Tiger separatists. (Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte)

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.

from Committee to Protect Journalists

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