Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Will impunity ever end?

A few months after being sworn in as President in January 2015, Maithripala Sirisena said he wanted to re-open all investigations into the murders of journalists. Some progress has been made in the investigation into Lasantha Wickrematunga’s murder, but most other investigations of this nature go unresolved. The new government also assured journalists that they would not be persecuted due to their political views or their coverage of sensitive subjects such as corruption and human rights violations by the military. However, an attack on journalist Freddy Gamage in June 2016 fuelled the doubts of both the public and media freedom defenders. The Tamil media, often the target of attacks and censorship both during the civil war and after, are still on their guard. In March 2016, the ministry of parliamentary reform and mass media ordered all news websites to register with the government or become illegal. This vague and disproportionate directive immediately reminded the media and citizen journalists of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s censorship methods.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



141 in 2016

Global score


44.96 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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